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Palmerton Historic District not approved

Published October 03. 2012 05:02PM

Palmerton must fine tune its application before it can receive inclusion as a historic district.

That was the decision rendered by the Pennsylvania State Review Board after its Historic Preservation Board meeting held Tuesday in Harrisburg to review the borough's proposal for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Dale Freudenberger, who attended the meeting in his role as anthracite region coordinator with the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, told the TIMES NEWS that "the Palmerton Historic District was not approved (on Tuesday)."

"The board reviewed it; they said they looked upon our nomination to the National Register favorably, and they think it's a great application," Freudenberger said. "But, they indicated that it needs additional documentation, so it needs to be tweaked.

"We need to go back to our application, provide some additional information that they are requesting, and then resubmit it," Freudenberger added.

The news comes several weeks after Lansford received its designation as a historic district, joining Jim Thorpe as the only towns in Carbon County for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Palmerton's nomination is based upon the town's history and design as a well-planned, 'Industrial Company Town', Freudenberger said. If the borough receives inclusion, it would be the first in the state to be approved under that criteria, he said.

The district is roughly bounded by Tomb Street, Princeton Avenue, Mauch Chunk Road, Edgemont Avenue, 3rd Street, Fireline Road, 5th Street, Lafayette Avenue, State Road, Avenue B, Columbia Avenue, 8th Street and Avenue A.

Freudenberger previously said the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission approved a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant for $10,000 toward the National Register nomination in the summer of 2011. The Palmerton Area Historical Society contributed $10,000 as well, he said.

In March, members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society met in the Knight's Gallery on the second floor of the Palmerton Area Library with Freudenberger to discuss the borough's potential inclusion as a National Historic District.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of properties recognized for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.

The National Register Program was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeologic resources.

National Register properties include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects. They can be significant to a local community, a state, an Indian tribe, or the nation as a whole.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the commonwealth's official history agency. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Bureau for Historic Preservation maintains the commonwealth's inventory of historic properties and prehistoric sites and manages the National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania.

The borough will celebrate the centennial of its incorporation on Nov. 11.

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