Suwanee's effort to add Old Town to the federal Historic District list would, if successful, mark the first such district in the city.
But it would not be the first such National Register district in Gwinnett.
A check of the National Register of Historic Places website shows several well-known county landmarks are on the list. Lawrenceville has the most such sites, with six, and Buford has four.
Perhaps the best-known county site on the national list is the Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville, which was added to the national list in 1980. Also, the William Terrell homeplace in Lawrenceville was added in 1982.
The Bona Allen House in Buford was added in 1982. Also on the Gwinnett list: Old Town Norcross.
According to the National Register website, properties listed include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
However, state officials are in charge of doing the so-called screening for federal officials.
Supposedly, a site or district must be at least 50 years old before it can be considered for listing on the National Register.
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Aside from preservation and national recognition, income-producing properties in such areas can be eligible for tax credits.
Suwanee officials formally applied in October 2012 for a portion of Old Town to be included in the National Register. Potential tax credits for the proposed lease-purchase deal for Pierce's Corner are part of the motivation.
The Suwanee district also would include Suwanee First United Methodist Church (more than 100 years old) and the Everett property on Stonecypher Road that includes the iconic Music Barn.
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