Historic Preservation

Arizona State University is committed to the preservation of pre-historic and historic properties, which include sites, buildings, structures and objects (see glossary for definitions). The 2006 ASU Comprehensive Development Plan states the following:

“ASU has been a major force in the development of the Tempe area. From its humble beginnings as a normal school in 1885 through the present, the university has become progressively more imbedded in the city and metropolitan region. Although now distributed on four campuses across the metropolitan region, the university will maintain its largest enrollment and concentration of colleges and schools on the historic Tempe campus. Honoring historically significant buildings and spaces on the Tempe Campus is one of the tenets of the campus plan.”

There are currently eight buildings on the Tempe Campus, two buildings on the Downtown Campus, one off campus, and three historic properties on the Polytechnic Campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Below is a list of the National Register Listed buildings and properties on all campuses:

* Williams Air Force Base

Additional buildings on the Tempe and Polytechnic Campuses may be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places based the following criteria:

  • Age: Over 50 years old, or of “exceptional significance” less than 50 years old
  • Historical Significance: Association with events, people, designs or architects of significance
  • Integrity: the ability of a property to convey its significance through location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association

National Register Eligible Properties are treated in accordance with the requirements of the State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) and The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties through review and concurrence by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Helpful links

Historic Preservation Glossary 
Arizona State Historic Preservation Office
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
National Register of Historic Places
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties