It is official!
Downtown Beatrice is now listed on the
National Register of Historic Places!
We are proud to be able to at last announce that Downtown Beatrice is a nationally recognized historic district and part of the National Register of Historic Places!
What does this mean for Beatrice? Beatrice and specifically the downtown community can now lay claim to the marketing and promotional benefits that come with being listed on the National Register. This can be a helpful tool for local marketing efforts but even more importantly for wider tourism marketing and promotions of Beatrice and the surrounding area.
In addition to the promotional benefits, and perhaps more importantly to Beatrice leaders and downtown stakeholders are the potential economic development resources and benefits that being on the National Register brings. The majority of the downtown Historic District now qualifies for State and Federal Historic Tax Credits that can provide the necessary gap financing for development and improvement projects of many historic building rehabilitations. Those credits are not just limited to visual building aesthetics but can go much deeper and cover a wide range of improvement needs of our older downtown buildings. This is a tool that can help attract potential investors and significant development projects to downtown Beatrice.
It’s truly a win-win for Beatrice!
Main Street Beatrice is proud to have been a part of the process to become a National Register Historic District and also wishes to reorganize the help of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Historic Resources Group, Inc., The Gage County Heritage Preservation, Inc., and Laureen Riedesel for their extensive efforts in making this National Register listing a reality!
In addition to the Downtown Beatrice National Register District being listed on the National Register, one other Gage County location also received listing on the National Register of Historic Places. First Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Beatrice, or the ‘Red Brick’ church as many locals know it was also listed on the National Register for its unique architecture and its significant contribution to the settlement of the area. First Trinity Lutheran Church is located 6 miles West of Beatrice on Nebraska Highway 4.
See the below press release form the Nebraska State Historical Society
Official Notification Links that were made public on Friday, August 12th: https://www.nps.gov/nr/listings/20160805.htm
Main Street Beatrice wishes to recognize the help of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Historic Resources Group, Inc., The Gage County Heritage Preservation, Inc., & Laureen Riedesel for their extensive efforts in making this
National Register listing a reality!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions or would like more information,
Main Street Beatrice Director