Need help editing articles? Start out with the new Introduction to Editing Articles Video.
A Historic District is an area designated by the city as having historical interest. Bloomington has conducted three surveys of the buildings in the county, under the direction of a preservation program run by the Indiana Department of National Resources, itself partially funded by the federal government as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
The first survey was done in 1977, and several historic districts were proposed. In 1985 a second survey was performed, and at that time it was decided to create smaller, more focused districts rather than the large ones originally proposed. Also, each site was individually identified, for a total of 720 sites.
From 1999-2001 a third survey was undertaken. At that time 2556 sites were identified, and they were grouped into 22 districts, 14 of which were designated "Historic Districts" with the remaining eight being "Study Areas".