Open Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends and major Holidays
Main: (304) 558-0220
WV Department of Arts, Culture and History
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
The mission of the Department of Arts, Culture and History’s State Historic Preservation Office is to encourage, inform, support, and participate in the efforts of the people of West Virginia to identify, recognize, preserve and protect West Virginia’s prehistoric and historic structures, objects and sites.
The value of historic and prehistoric properties is intrinsic and therefore worthy of protection. Their preservation can stabilize neighborhoods, stimulate private investment, provide affordable housing, revitalize downtown activities, attract tourists and enhance community pride. Our office works toward achievement of these goals.
The Office administers both the state and federal historic preservation programs. Our office aids federal and state agencies, local governments and the general public in identifying and preserving the physical historic and prehistoric resources of West Virginia.
As of April 1, 2013, all State Historic Preservation grant applications will be reviewed and scored by an independent review panel. SHPO staff will conduct a preliminary review of applications for completeness and National Register eligibility of the resource before sending to review panel.
The three to four member panel will meet to review grant applications and make recommendations that will be presented to the Archives and History Commission for award.
West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Sections
- Certified Local Governments/Historic Landmark Commissions
- Grant Opportunities
- Historic and Archaeological Surveys – webGIS
- Historic Cemeteries
- Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits
- National Register of Historic Places /National Register of Historic Places Nominations
- Publications, Planning and Education Efforts
- Review and Compliance/Section 106 Review