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Historic Resources Protection Plan (HRPP)
This plan consists of a 10-year programmatic agreement between NASA Ames, the California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) & the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The agreement became effective November 15, 2002 and defines the historic preservation management plan for the NASA Research Park, including the Shenandoah Plaza National Historic District at Moffett Field. NASA Ames assumed responsibility for this historic district in 1994 as a result of a property transfer (BRAC) action between the U.S. Navy and NASA.

Historic Preservation Plan for the Ames Campus
This plan is in development. The current goals of the plan are as follows:

  • Evaluate all buildings for historic merit
  • Define historic periods of significance and themes for work undertaken since 1940
  • Update prior historic building surveys
  • Define adaptive re-use opportunities for buildings having historic merit (re-use guidelines)
  • Integrate the historic preservation plan into the Ames Master Plan

Future plans include to define areas of potential effect for existing historic properties and those believed to have historic significance; identify any historic landscapes; identify potential historic districts; develop a draft programmatic agreement between NASA Ames and the SHPO for the Ames Campus historic preservation plan.

California Department of Public Resources 523 Identification/Evaluation Forms
Ames is in the process to survey all of the buildings on the Ames campus and provide an initial record of historical resources. This survey will be used to identify buildings that may have historic eligibility for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and to assist with the Ames Campus master planning process.

Historic Re-Use Guidelines
The guidelines are documents that define re-use opportunities and the historically significant and character-defining features of the Ames contributing buildings located within the Shenandoah Plaza Historic District and selected buildings within the Ames campus. Some of the features of the re-use guidelines include: guidance on approaches for proposed building modifications associated with adaptive re-use; historic character of the buildings and elements that need to be preserved; building code evaluation; deficiencies and recommendations (fire/life safety, disability access, and energy conservation) to meet code.

  • Re-use guidelines completed to date include the following:
    Hangar 1, Building 2, Building 10, Building 17, Building 18, Building 20, Building 21 & 22, Building 23 & 24, Building 25
  • Re-use guidelines under development include the following:
    Building 19, Building 15, Building 16 and Hangar 2 and Hangar 3, Building 26, Buildings 32 & 33, Building N200, Building N221, and Building N226

Nomination of Ames buildings N200, N221 & N226 to the National Register of Historic Places.
Ames buildings N200, N221 & N226 have been reviewed for historic merit and are believed to be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The three buildings with the nomination forms will be submitted to the California SHPO.

Ames Historic Properties Web Site
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Curator: NASA Ames Historic Preservation Office

NASA Official: Keith Venter
Last Updated: September 2014