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Above Ground Resources

Federal Style homesThis section contains information and forms for resources found above ground. For general properties, such as historic buildings, structures, sites, objects and districts, please use the Historic Resource Survey Form (HRSF).  We have also developed two specialized forms for the following types of properties: Agricultural/Farm Survey and Historic Schools Survey forms.  Please note, the Farm Survey includes a section for recording archaeological resources on the property.

For information on how to submit a property for consideration in the National Register of Historic Places, please see our National Register Program section.

Send completed survey form materials to:

Bureau for Historic Preservation
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 2nd Floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093

  Name Description
PDF Documents USGS Requirements Requirements for submitting a USGS map for Survey Form
PDF Documents Tutorial - Locating Topo Maps.pdf Instructions for map submissions
PDF Documents Standards for HRSF Standards for photograph, map and boundaries for the Historic Resource Survey Form
PDF Documents School Survey Form. supplemental survey form for recording historic schools; use with the standard HRSF
PDF Documents Industrial Form.pdf supplemental form for recording industrial resources; use with the standard HRSF
PDF Documents HRF Abbreviated Form Guidance Abbreviated Historic Resource Survey Form Guidance
PDF Documents HRF Abbreviated Fillable Form Abbreviated historic resource survey form
PDF Documents How to Complete the HRSF nstructions on how to complete Pennsylvania's Historic Resource Survey Form
MS Word Documents Historic Resource Survey Form- Word Form for recording historic standing structures in Pennsylvania
PDF Documents Historic Resource Survey Form- PDF Form for recording historic standing structures in Pennsylvania
MS Word Documents Historic Resource Report Summary Form Historic Resource Report Summary Form
MS Excel Documents Historic District Inventory Worksheet Use this worksheet as a model for your HD Inventory
PDF Documents Guidelines for Architectural Investigations in Pennsylvania Guidelines for Architectural Investigations in Pennsylvania July 2014
PDF Documents Building Complex Form A supplemental form for recording building complexes such as farms with outbuildings or small crossraod villages.
PDF Documents Bridge Survey Form.pdf Bridge Survey Form