What is a historic resources survey?
A historic resources survey is a process of systematically identifying, researching and documenting properties that reflect important themes in the city’s growth and development such as architecture, city planning, social history, ethnic heritage, politics, industry, transportation, commerce, entertainment and others. Historic resources include buildings, structures, objects, cultural landscapes, natural features and groupings of resources or areas known as historic districts. Examples of types of resources, or “property types,” that may be included in the citywide survey are residential subdivisions, banks, bridges, religious buildings, courtyard apartments, factories, and parks among many others.
How is a historic resources survey conducted?
A survey typically begins with background research on a property, area or district to provide a basis to evaluate significance. Survey teams then conduct field inspections in order to identify the resource’s architectural, physical, and visual qualities and characteristics; assess the impacts of changes or alterations; and document overall condition through photography. These field inspections assess the exterior of resources and are conducted from the public right of way. Survey teams do not need to obtain access to private property, nor do they ask questions of property owners or residents.
How are resources evaluated?
Individual resources and districts are evaluated for significance in accordance with criteria established for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as well as for local designation as City Historic Districts. Survey results identify resources eligible for designation as well as those that do not meet criteria for designation.
Do surveyed resources automatically become designated?
No. Although surveys identify and evaluate resources that may be eligible for designation, no actual designation results directly from survey activity. Designation by the City of Muncie and nominations to State and National Registers are separate processes which include property owner notification and public hearings.
How will survey information be recorded?
As the survey progresses, information on surveyed properties will be accessible from the Delaware County GIS Department’s online mapping site and this web site.
What type of information will be in the Scout Muncie database?
The database will include various types of information on individual properties and historic districts relating to construction, architecture, significance and relevant evaluation criteria. The database will also include photographs, maps and other locational information.
Who is conducting the field surveys?
The survey and resource evaluations are being completed by volunteer teams that meet professional qualification standards in historic preservation or have some experience in preservation or a related field. The teams work under the supervision of the Historic Preservation Commission.
When are the field surveys being conducted?
Currently a pilot survey of 3-4 neighborhoods will take place on August 29th, 2015, and if all goes well a city-wide survey will commence in October 2015.
Will archaeological resources be surveyed?
Archaeological resources will not be surveyed.
How can I be a part of ScoutMuncie?
Keep an eye out on our website for volunteer opportunities as well as other public-accessible surveys we will be launching soon!