In 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act was signed in to law. This authorized the National Park Service to create the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's official list of historical places worthy of preservation. The National Register celebrates the archaeological sites, buildings, districts, and historic resources that are significant to local, state, or national history. Sites that are listed on the National Register may be historically significant based on several factors, including architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture.
The National Register of Historic Places is separate from the City's Local Landmarks, a designation regulated by the City's Landmarks Commission and City Council.
The National Register is an honorary designation that allows for property owners to take advantage of certain federal tax credits for eligible rehabilitation and restoration projects. For more information on these tax credits, see the Wisconsin Historical Society's website.
The majority of properties listed on the National Register are privately owned and are not open to the public. If you plan to visit one, respect the owners' privacy and avoid trespassing on private property. Please view these properties only from the public right-of-way.
The City of Monona celebrates the public and private properties which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2022, the City received a Certified Local Government grant to facilitate the nomination of four properties to the National Register.
For more information on the National Register of Historic Places, the City's Local Landmarks, or historic preservation, please contact the City Planning and Community Development Department.