Overcoming the 50-year Myth: Recognizing and Celebrating Resources of the Recent Past


The National Register’s 50-year “rule” is truly just a myth. Designating properties of the recent past merely requires an enlightened eye for developing the historic and architectural contexts needed to identify and evaluate younger properties. This session will provide background on the 50-year rule, describe how local preservation ordinances have worked around it, and outline tools for overcoming challenges in local and National Register designations, including making cases for exceptional significance.

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 2:45 PM

Barbara A.M. Howard

Barbara is the Managing Partner and Director of Heritage Preservation forStonebridge Learning, a continuing education resource for the heritage industry. Prior tostarting Stonebridge Learning in 2016, Barbara worked for over twenty years in the heritageindustry’s for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental sectors, including leading State HistoricPreservation Offices in Iowa and Minnesota. She also works as a Minnesota Department ofTransportation historian, serves on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and asa NAPC CAMP® trainer, is an AIA Associate member, and meets the Secretary of the Interior’sprofessional qualification standards for architectural history, historic architecture, and history.

Abigail Christman

Abigail is a Senior City Planner in Landmark Preservation at the City and County of Denver. Abigail has a varied background in preservation having previously worked for cultural resource consulting firms in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Colorado; Colorado’s statewide non-profit Colorado Preservation, Inc.; and the Center of Preservation Research at CU Denver. Her experience includes design review, survey, designation, Section 106 consultation, preservation tax credit certification, interpretation, education, and outreach. Abigail currently serves on NAPC’s Board of Directors and is a CAMP trainer. She also teaches a graduate preservation course at CU Denver.


COVID Information