The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the national's cultural resources worthy of preservation. The National Park Service, a part of the Department of the Interior, administers the program. Properties listed on the National Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. Among other benefits, inclusion on the list makes a site eligible for federal tax benefits, consideration in the planning of federal or federally assisted projects, and qualification for federal assistance for historic preservation when funds are available.
As of March 2013, Saco has eight sites and two districts included on the National Register. They are:
National Historic Sites
- Thacher-Goodale House, 121 North St.
- A.B. Seavey House, 90 Temple St.
- Saco City Hall, 300 Main St.
- J.G. Deering House, 371 Main St.
- Jacobs Houses and Store, 11-17 Elm St.
- Old Saco High School, 34 Spring St.
- Grant Family House, 72 Grant Rd.
- Way-Way General Store, 93 Buxton Rd.
- Saco Historic District (Discussed in following section)
- Biddeford-Saco Mills Historic District
The Main Street Walking Tour features several historic buildings and sites along a 1/2 mile section of Main Street, Saco. The tour spans the area from the Dyer Library to Saco Island. The tour was prepared for the City of Saco by Thomas Hardiman, former curator of the Saco Museum, and includes markers at specific locations that inform walkers of specific historic events.
Tour stops include:
- James Fenderson House, 1914
- Solomon Coit House, c. 1785
- York Institute Museum (Saco Museum), 1926
- Elizabeth and Henry B.C. Green House, 1827
- Joseph G. Deering House, 1869
- Jonas C. Tibbets House, 1860
- First Parish Congregational Church, 1862, burned 2000, rebuilt 2005
- York Manufacturing Company AgentÊ¹s House, 1889
- Emma Hall House, 1892
- Thornton Hall, 1801
- Dr. Jeremiah Mason House, 1856
- James Curtis House, 1827
- Daniel Page House, c. 1800
- Old Dyer Library, 1893
- Saco City Hall, 1855
- Mutual Theatre, 1927
- Cyrus King House, 1807
- Masonic Block, 1907
- Tristram Hooper Store, 1824
- Saco House, 1837
- Central Hall Block, 1828
- William Pike Block, 1869
- York National Bank, 1896
- Pepperell Square
- William Deering Block, 1894
- Berry Block, 1869
- Saco Island and Biddeford/Saco Mill District
Another public history project, the Saco Museum Main Street Walk, presents colorful historic interpretive panels along Main Street from the Amtrak Station to the Museum.
The museum and the City are now working on a third heritage tourism/public history project, which will present 3D photos of Saco near the post office.
- An overview of the City of Saco history
- Application for Certificate of Appropriateness
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Historic District Design Guidelines (2010)
- Historic Preservation Ordinance
- Historic sites and districts
- John Haley's Saco An interactive map showing locations of historic homes reviewed by John Haley
- Maine Historic Preservation Commission This will take you off the City of Saco website
- Meeting Schedule
- Preserving Historic Saco (Facebook page)
- Saco Downtown West Historic Preservation Report
Kelley Archer, HPC Chairwoman
Saco City Planner
300 Main Street
Saco, Maine 04072