The Westfield Preservation Alliance says that it is excited about the fact that, on Jan. 31, 2019, the Westfield Historic District — roughly bounded by Penn Street on the north, Walnut Street on the east, Park Street on the south and Camilla Court on the west — was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Westfield Historic District becomes the second district in Westfield listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first district designated was the Union High Academy Historic District which has been on the National Register since March 1995.

Westfield Preservation Alliance will receive official State and National certificates during a special ceremony at the Indiana State Fair in August 2019.

Designation for listing on the National Register of Historic Places is authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic Places which is the official inventory of buildings, districts — neighborhoods, commercial areas, and structures — with national, state or local significance in the development of our nation’s cultural heritage.  A professional review board in each state considers each property nominated and makes the determining recommendation to the National Register.

For owners of a property listed on the National Register, there can be benefits in addition to the honorific recognition. The potential benefits may include eligibility for certain tax provisions, ability to apply for matching federal or state grants. For more information on the benefits please consult the following websites: www.in.gov/dnr/historic and www.indianalandmarks.org