The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government's official list of properties worthy of preservation. There are a number of properties in the City of Everett on the National Register (PDF). To qualify for the National Register, a property must be significant in American history, architecture, archaeology or culture and possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.
Placement on the National Register is a tool to encourage preservation, recognition, and rehabilitation of our national heritage. It does not guarantee preservation of a property. It does require that federally funded, permitted or licensed projects be carefully reviewed before funds are committed to a project which would alter or demolish a National Register property. To encourage rehabilitation, federal tax credits are available for renovation of commercial properties.
Everett nominations for the National Register are reviewed by the Historical Commission and the Mayor. Their recommendations are forwarded to the State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, then to the National Register staff in Washington, D.C., for final approval.