Abilene High - Status of historic designations
The Lincoln campus is one of the newest entries into the National Register of Historic Places. There are three types of designations, Here is a short description of these designations:
National Register of Historic Places: This is administered by the Department of the Interior. The State Historic Preservation Officer must approve the application of the local group.
- Does not provide much in the way of protection against demolition
- But does make it possible for developers to use tax credits in their financing plans.
- If determined eligible for the National Register by the state, owners are prevented from using federal money for demoltion of a property.
Texas State Recorded Landmark:
This accompanies the state historic markers. The Texas Historical Commission will need to be notified of changes in the status
of the property.
Abilene Historic Landmark: This is also known as historic overlay, and is discussed in more detail below.
Update: In 2011, the Landmarks Commission, City Staff and the Abilene Independent School District agreed on a Planed Development District overlay for the Lincoln property. This will provide protection from demolition for the main buildings and historic gymnasium. Future redevelopment will need to confirm to some simple design requirements that preserve the character of the building.