Historic Preservation Planning

The Historic Preservation Section works to enhance the community by protecting the historic character of the built environment. This is done by designating specific buildings and objects of historic distinction as Landmarks and by creating historic districts, both on the local level and through the National Register of Historic Places.

Landmarks and Local Historic Districts

Landmarks and Local Historic Districts were created to retain and enhance buildings and areas that are historically or architecturally significant. Landmarks and other buildings within the local historic distrcits need approvals to exterior alterations, new buildings and demolitions by the Landmarks Commission. These approvals help to protect the character of buildings, streetscapes and neighborhoods.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's list of historically significant cultural resources. Maintained by the National Park Service, it recognizes buildings, archeological sites and other historic resources that are significant not only nationally, but also regionally and locally as well. There are over a dozen National Register of Historic Districts and over 75 individual properties in Madison listed on the National Register.

The major effect of listing on the National Register is financial incentives in the form of two kinds of tax credits; one for the rehabilitation of income-producing property and one for the rehabilitation of single-family residences. Visit the Wisconsin State Historical Society website for more information about these tax credits.

Slaughter-Shuttleworth House
The Slaughter-Shuttleworth House


Last Updated: 04/30/2019