Hyde Hall was designated as a national historic landmark in 1986 due to its architectural significance and the availability of documentation. This was an important designation for the organization as it opened doors for additional funding and benefits that would not otherwise be available. Acceptance as a landmark property allows for access to designated grants and funds through National and State sources as well as private foundations and also allows us to receive a higher priority for funding in some cases.
In addition to additional funding sources towards restoration and rehabilitation of the property, we are able to receive technical advise through experts at the National Park Service, and through publications that are made available to us on a variety of preservation subjects. Support is also available for in-depth site inspections to analyze conditions, identify and prioritize recommended work treatments and estimate the costs for implementation of recommended actions. If funding permits, this information may be compiled into a building condition assessment report which is useful to help identify new support for ongoing projects.
A property nominated as a National Historic Landmark must meet specific criteria set by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service as follows*:
*NOTE: Hyde Hall is a National Historic Landmark that is privately operated by Hyde Hall, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with no affiliation with the National Park Service.
National Historic Landmarks Criteria
The quality of national significance is ascribed to districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States in history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture and that possess a high degree of integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and:
• That are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to, and are identified with, or that outstandingly represent, the broad national patterns of United States history and from which an understanding and appreciation of those patterns may be gained; or
• That are associated importantly with the lives of persons nationally significant in the history of the United States; or
• That represent some great idea or ideal of the American people; or
• That embody the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural type specimen exceptionally valuable for a study of a period, style or method of construction, or that represent a significant, distinctive and exceptional entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
• That are composed of integral parts of the environment not sufficiently significant by reason of historical association or artistic merit to warrant individual recognition but collectively compose an entity of exceptional historical or artistic significance, or outstandingly commemorate or illustrate a way of life or culture; or
• That have yielded or may be likely to yield information of major scientific importance by revealing new cultures, or by shedding light upon periods of occupation over large areas of the United States. Such sites are those which have yielded, or which may reasonably be expected to yield, data affecting theories, concepts and ideas to a major degree.”
“Hyde Hall is one of America’s finest houses that combines the greatest architectural traditions of England and America and the solidity of a frontier dwelling with the grace and delicacy of high-style English country houses. It is also completely documented, contains a great deal of its original furnishings, and is one of the few surviving works of one of America’s great 19th century architects, Phillip Hooker.”
–National Register of Historic Places Inventory
We are very thankful for all of the work that went into making this happen back in 1986. Our designation helps us present a strong case for our ongoing need for funds to continue with restoration work on this outstanding, historically significant property.