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Section 106 Success Stories

The Section 106 process can result in great success with projects large and small. Consultation is a hallmark of the process. Read the Section 106 Success Stories below and learn how to nominate a worthy case for a spotlight story. Here is an overview of the project.

Spaceport America

"Commitment to Balancing Centuries-Old Heritage with 21st Century Use" - Sierra County, New Mexico

Modesto Federal Building and Post Office

"Stakeholders Ensure Long-Term Preservation of New Deal-Era Building" - Modesto, California

Highways to History

"Highways to History Demonstrates the Value of Public Archaeology" - Connecticut

Abbey Mausoleum

"Salvage Leads to Unexpected Discovery of Louis C. Tiffany Windows" - Arlington County, Virginia

Hurricane Katrina Historic Preservation

"Inventory and GIS: Tools for Expediting Disaster Response and Recovery" - New Orleans, Louisiana

Castle Rocks State Park

"Unusual and Creative Agreement Produces Preservation Success" - Almo, Idaho

Photo by Benjamin BenschneiderKing Street Station

"Landmark Train Station Ready for a Second Century of Service" - Seattle, Washington

Zablocki VAMC Restoration

"Veterans Landmark Preserved Through Consultation, Partnerships" - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

U.S.S. Monitor

"Civil War Ironclad Surfaces Again" - Cape Hatteras, NC and Newport News, VA

Casa Farnese

"Creative Solution Preserves Integrity of Historic Development Project" - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Region 1 Preservation

“Forest Service Approach to Preservation Yields Results, Public Benefit” - Montana and Idaho

Circle Centre Mall

“Consultation Develops Downtown Plan with Preservation Benefits” - Indianapolis, Indiana

Yellow Barn

"Building Remnants Provide Insights into Early Chautauqua Community" - Glen Echo, Maryland

St. Louis Union Station

"Adaptive Use Saves Iconic Train Station" - St. Louis, Missouri

Cliff Mine River Corridor Project

"Environmental Restoration Project Redesign Produces Preservation Success" - Keweenaw County, Michigan

Hume Lake Dam

"Innovative Repairs, Engineering Result in Rehabilitation of Historic Dam" - Sequoia National Forest, California

Tampa I-4

"Rebuilding a Highway Reconnects a Divided Historic Community" - Tampa, Florida

Recovery Act

"Agency Cost-Share with SHPO Improves Efficiencies and Outcomes" - California

Veterans Commons

“Public-Private Partnership Rehabs Historic Building for Homeless Veterans” –San Francisco, California

On Your Knees Cave/Shuká Kaa

"Discoveries Open Insights Into Early History, Strengthen Tribal Relationships" - Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

50 United Nations Plaza

“Reinvestment Yields State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation of Landmark Building” – San Francisco, California

Togus Monument

“Reconstruction of Cemetery Monument Preserves Legacy for Future Generations” –Kennebec County, Maine

Cave Rock

“Land Use Management Planning Protects Historic De’ek Wadapush” –Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Painted Bluff

"Tennessee Valley Authority Builds Coalition to Protect Indian Images" –Marshall County, Alabama

Charleston U.S. Post Office and Courthouse

"ACHP Comment Helps Protect NHL District" – Charleston, South Carolina

St. Elizabeths

"Headquarters Consolidation Revives St. Elizabeths NHL West Campus" - Washington, D.C.

West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

“Rehabilitation of Historic Hospital Creates Housing for Homeless Veterans” - Los Angeles, California

DeLuxe Theater

“Historic Theater Becomes Cornerstone for Community Revitalization” –Houston, Texas

32nd Indiana Infantry Monument

“Dedicated Stewards Re-Vision and Preserve Oldest Civil War Monument” -Louisville, Kentucky

Army Alternate Procedures

“Adopting Innovative Process Improves Army Cultural Resource Management” - Nationwide

Presidio of San Francisco

“Preservation Partners Shape the Redevelopment of Historic Presidio” - San Francisco, California

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

“Restoration of Art Deco Gem Shows Air Force Commitment to Preservation” –Dayton, Ohio

Skirvin Hotel

“Rehabilitating the Architectural Heart of the City Showcases Partnerships” – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Fort Belvoir Windows

“Repair or Replace: the Army’s Analysis Dispels Age-Old Myths” –Fort Belvoir, Virginia

 (photo: original hotel, 1883, from The Beauties of California [Flickr book archive image] )Woodrow Wilson Bridge

“Work of Art Spans the Potomac River” –Washington, D.C.; Alexandria, VA; Oxon Hill, MD

 (photo: original hotel, 1883, from The Beauties of California [Flickr book archive image] ) Hotel Del Monte-Herrmann Hall

“Historic Hotel Complex Updated to Meet National Defense Needs” –Monterey, California

Permian Basin

“Innovative Approach is Model for Cultural Resource Management” –Chaves, Eddy, Lea Counties, NM

Saratoga Battlefield

“Key Battlefield of the American Revolution Saved from Nuclear Threat” –Stillwater, New York

Photo by Drew KinsmanGay Head Lighthouse

“Community Rallies to Save Threatened Historic Lighthouse” –Aquinnah, Massachusetts

African Meeting House

"Restoration of African American Church Interprets Abolitionist Roots" -Boston, Massachusetts

Dayton VAMC Grotto and Gardens

“Creative Partnership Restores Healing Landscape for Veterans” -Dayton, Ohio

Nike Site Summit

"Public-Private Partnership Preserves Cold War Missile Site for the Future"- Anchorage, Alaska

Catoctin Furnace

"Highway archaeology reveals African American contribution to U.S. industrial history" - Thurmont, Maryland

Mountain Home

"Complex VA Redevelopment Project Succeeds Following ACHP Comment" - Johnson City, Tennessee

Pioneer Courthouse, During Construction (credit: GSA)Pioneer Courthouse

"Iconic Pioneer Courthouse Gets 21st Century Makeover." - Portland, Oregon

Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and CourthouseWayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse

"The Greenest Building Provides Federal Model" - Grand Junction, Colorado

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers OfficeClara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

"Collaboration Saves Hidden Treasure: Clara Barton Office and Home" - Washington, D.C.

Milton-Madison BridgeMilton-Madison Bridge

"Creative mitigation heralded as success for local economy" - Milton, Kentucky/Madison, Indiana

McGraw Ranch, a scenic pondMcGraw Ranch

"Preservation of historic guest ranch provides home for scientific research" - Estes Park, Colorado

Tribal Consultation CommitteeTribal Consultation Committee

"A better model for tribal involvement in transportation projects" - North Dakota

Las Flores AdobeLas Flores Adobe

"Marine Corps Stewardship Preserves Landmark California Ranch House" - MCB Camp Pendleton, California

Meridian Highway BridgeMeridian Highway Bridge

"Old bridge gets new life through community involvement" - Yankton, SD and Cedar County, NE

Manhattan Project Manhattan Project

"Collaborative Effort Leads to Unique National Park in Three States" - Hanford WA, Los Alamos NM, Oak Ridge TN

Port Hudson National Cemetery, LAPort Hudson

"National Cemetery Expansion Avoids, Protects Significant Civil War Site" - Port Hudson, Louisiana

Lockefield Gardens New Deal Public Housing, INLockefield Gardens

"New Deal Public Housing Gets New Life" - Indianapolis, Indiana

Holocaust Museum DCHolocaust Museum

"Demolition Reconsidered: Preservation at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum" - Washington, D.C.

Stealth Cell Tower NMStealth Cell Tower

"Innovative Cell Tower Designed to Preserve Rural New Mexican Setting" - Abiquiu, New Mexico

Fells PointFells Point

"Expressway Halted and Historic Waterfront Community Thrives" - Baltimore, Maryland

St Croix RDASt. Croix RDA

"Four Agencies, One goal: Restoring a New Deal Treasure" - Pine County, Minnesota

Mount Shasta - Photo by Julie Cassidy 2013 Mount Shasta

"Protecting Traditional Cultural Places on Public Lands" - Siskiyou County, California

U.S. Custom House - PhiladelphiaU.S. Custom House - Philadelphia

"Consultation balances preservation solutions with building performance." - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

New Fork River Historical Park

"Strong public-private coalition leads to establishment of park." - Sublette County, Wyoming


"Columbia River village of Cathlapotle teaches the present about the past." - Ridgefield, Washington

Chicano Park

"A place to celebrate Chicano civil rights restored with Federal funds." - San Diego, California

Avondale Cemetery

"Rediscovery of 19th Century slave cemetery leads to reunion." - Bibb County, Georgia

Florence Stockade

"Uncovering hidden stories in a Confederate prison." - Florence National Cemetery, South Carolina

San Juan

"International collaboration leads to World Heritage Site preservation." - San Juan, Puerto Rico


"Modern masterpiece poised to take flight: historic TWA Terminal." - Queens, New York

Kalaeloa Heritage Park

"Former Navy base preserves Native Hawaiian heritage, military history." - Oahu, Hawaii

Ohkay Owingeh

"Ohkay Owingeh model balances contemporary and traditional life." - Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

Dept. of Energy

"Department of Energy ensures preservation, speeds ARRA funding." - Nationwide

Coast Guard Lighthouses

"Keeping the lights shining: saving Coast Guard lighthouses." - Nationwide

Ft. Sheridan

"Public-private partnership results in economic development, preservation." - Lake County, Illinois


"Space Shuttles: NASA contributions to space flight and exploration." - Nationwide


"Ongoing partnerships serve as a model to save historic properties." - San Bernardino County, California


"Interpreting the site where world energy production changed forever." - Spindletop Oil Field, Beaumont, Texas

Ft. AP Hill

"Collaboration leads to creative off-site mitigation solution." - Fort A.P. Hill, Caroline County, Virginia

Franklin Post Office

"A historic community takes charge of preserving a local icon." - Franklin, Tennessee

H.L. Hunley

"The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley: completing the journey." - Charleston, South Carolina

Walnut Street Bridge

"Historic Walnut Street Bridge: symbol of city's modern rebirth." - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Montford Point

"Montford Point Camp shares history of first African American Marines." - Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina

Redstone Castle

"Redstone Castle: how an IRS tax seizure became a preservation success." - Redstone, Colorado

Monroe Shops

"DART's historic Monroe Shops: a powerful motivator for change." - Dallas, Texas

Eisenhower Vets Hospital

"VA Medical Center: consultation leads to innovative solution." - Leavenworth, Kansas


"Riverfront expressway: French Quarter threat demolished by Preservationists." - New Orleans, Louisiana

Capehart Wherry

"Capehart Wherry housing challenge spurred innovative solution." - Nationwide

Nine Mile Canyon

"Nine Mile Canyon (West Tavaputs Plateau): a model for balancing preservation and energy development." - Utah

Bridge of Lions

"Bridge of Lions illustrates early community involvement key in maintaining historic character in a contemporary bridge." - St. Augustine, Florida

African Burial Ground

"African Burial Ground discovery rewrites history of American slavery." - New York, New York

We want to hear from you about your favorite Section 106 success story! An important part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) includes this collection of “106 Success Stories” that illustrate how Section 106 of the NHPA has been used to engage people in the discussion about protecting historic properties that matter most to them. These stories provide examples of how federal agencies have used the Section 106 process to protect historic properties, improve federal planning, and raise awareness of the benefits of historic preservation. The 106 stories are used individually and as part of a collection to explain the benefits of this important program to the public, elected officials, federal agencies and preservation partners. The ACHP publishes these stories on a regular basis.

The success of the Section 106 process depends on the actions and involvement of many, and that is why we need to hear from you. Additional information that may be of use in developing your nomination can be found here. Please send your nominations to We look forward to hearing from you.

See What They’re Saying About Section 106 Successes

Watch this video from the Making Archaeology Public Project about Georgia’s Avondale Burial Place—a Section 106 Success Story

The case of the proposed Riverfront Expressway in New Orleans made news April 30 with an editorial from ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson. Read it here!

The Columbian newspaper published a story about the Cathlapotle success story showcasing the region’s rich heritage. Read it here!


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