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Historic House Marker Application Form

A historic marker is a unique way to share our neighborhood’s architectural heritage with tourists, visitors and each other. The oval markers show the date a house was built and most of the time the name of the builder or original owner. The markers measure 9″ wide x 4.5″ tall and are installed on the front of your house near eye level. Installation is included in the cost of the marker. A CPS marker does not limit your ability to sell or restore your house.
CPS accepts applications during an open enrollment period from May 1 – June 30 every year with installation dates expected in the fall.
To receive a marker your house must be fully researched with the original built date or later integral feature proven with primary documents. An informational “How to Research Your Historic Building” workshop is held every May. This workshop guides you through the process of researching your building and includes source links to research databases. We also have a tutorial online that can be found here. We also have researchers that can help with your building’s research for a small additional donation to CPS. Both options are available during check-out.


Application Requirements


 To be eligible for a marker, your house must … 
  • Be at least 100 years old
  • Be in good condition
  • Be representative of its original architectural style
  • Retain its original character
In order to prove the eligibility requirements listed above, you must provide documentation on your house’s age with historic records such as a deed or tax record. Our research workshop in May and our publication online will help detail the requirements. We are available by email to help with any roadblocks you may have along the way.

Application Instructions


1) Fill out marker application below.
2) Attach a photo of your house.
3) Include documentation showing its year of construction.
4) Provide Payment


Please provide as much of the following information as you can:


**Historic House name from MACRIS, Name of original owner or builder. This information cannot exceed 30 letters and spaces.
*Required Field


CPS reserves the right to make final determination of eligibility for a marker, construction date, and wording placement. If the exact date can't be determined, "c" for circa is placed before the date. If it's determined that your house isn't eligible for a marker we'll let you know promptly. CPS plans to amplify basic eligibility guidelines to help owners understand house documentation needs, placement issues, and what exactly "original character" means, particularly in regard to materials (wood, stone or brick) that would have been on the original house. This information can be found on this website here.