Starting in the 1990s, a partnership was formed between Eureka Main Street, the Eureka Heritage Society, and local property owners to showcase and honor historic buildings in Old Town and Downtown Eureka. The plaque program includes an annual dedication ceremony in which local historians and researchers present information gathered on nominated structures, including a description of the architectural style and notable businesses and tenants. Many sites with plaques may have additional information available from the Eureka Heritage Society.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places protects America’s most important historic and archeological resources. This designation is the most prestigious level of recognition and protection available to historic structures, and every property on the National Register has undergone a rigorous application and review process and has been approved by the National Park Service. A database of properties on the National register organized by state may be found here.
Many properties in Eureka now reside in a different location that the one at which they were originally constructed. Some may have been moved next door, while others were floated across Humboldt Bay in pieces! When considering a structure and its context, keep in mind both its original setting and how it affected the streetscape, as well as how the structure affects its new location and the surrounding properties.