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Chapter 28: Archeological and Historic Resources
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+ 28.1 Applicability
+ 28.2 Purpose
28.3 Policy
28.4 Authority
28.5 Responsibilities


28.5.1 Environmental Services Office, Code QE (Environmental Office)
28.5.2 Facilities Maintenance, Code PFP
28.5.3 Facilities Engineering, Code PEF
28.5.4 NASA Research Park Development Office, Code E
28.5.5 Facilities Planning PF

28.6 Definitions


28.6.1 Agency Official
28.6.2 Council
28.6.3 Interested person
28.6.4 Local government
28.6.5 National Historic Landmark
28.6.6 National Register
28.6.7 National Register Criteria
28.6.8 National Register Criteria
28.6.9 State Historic Preservation Officer
28.6.10 Undertaking

28.7 Historic Buildings Lists


28.7.1 Contributing Properties within Shenandoah Plaza Historic District
28.7.2 Non-Contributing Properties within Shenandoah Plaza Historic District
28.7.3 Ineligible Buildings and Structures Outside Shenandoah Plaza

28.8 Metrics

28.9 Appendix A Unexpected Discovery Plan

28.1 Applicability

This instruction applies to all civil servants, contractor employees, and partner/resident agencies at NASA Ames Research Center (Ames), and Crows Landing Flight Facility.

28.2 Purpose

Ames Research Center (ARC) occupies approximately 2,000 acres of land bordering the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View. In 1994 ARC accepted jurisdiction over the property previously occupied by the United States Navy. Included in this jurisdiction is the Shenandoah Plaza Historic District. The Shenandoah Plaza District was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Navy, and was listed by the U.S. Park Service.

Historic features of the Shenandoah Plaza Historic District include:

  • Hangar 1- constructed in 1932 for the USS Macon dirigible and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) for its architectural, historical, and engineering qualities both individually and as contributing elements of the Shenandoah Plaza Historic District.
  • Shenandoah Plaza Historic District- A group of historically significant buildings that exemplify Spanish Mission Revival architectural styles of the 1920s and 1930s. The buildings are clustered symmetrically in a formal campus-like layout that includes grand boulevards, broad expanses on manicured lawns, mature trees and shrubs.

The Unitary Plant Wind Tunnel, located in the Ames Campus, was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

Buildings N- 200, N- 221, and N- 226 have been evaluated and are considered to be eligible for inclusion in the National Register. Applications for listing were submitted (2003) to the SHPO for review and comment.

Federal Agencies with jurisdiction over Federal, Federally assisted, or Federally licensed facilities are required to take into account the effects of the agencies undertaking on properties included in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and, prior to approval of an undertaking, to afford the (SHPO) a reasonable opportunity to comment on the undertaking.

Federal Agencies are required take necessary actions to minimize, to the maximum extent possible, harm to any National Historic Landmark that may be directly and adversely affected by an undertaking and, prior to approval of such undertaking, afford the Council a reasonable opportunity to comment.

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NASA Official: Keith Venter
Last Updated: September 2014