ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES AND COMMUNITY HERITAGE CONSULTING
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, requires that federal agencies take into account the impact of their actions on historic properties. The Department of Interior, National Park Service is planning rehabilitative work on the Travertine Nature Center, located at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur, Oklahoma. Because this work meets the definition of a federal undertaking, it is subject to Section 106, a federal law. One of the fundamental steps in the Section 106 process is to determine if the property is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). This project involved the preparation of a NRHP Determination of Eligibility (DOE) for the Travertine Nature Center, located at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Project activities included a site visit to examine the building and its surroundings, preparation of an Historic Preservation Resource Identification Form, preparation of a written summary of the historic significance of the property which addressed all major NRHP points, taking and producing adequate photodocumentation to illustrate the property, mapping and research into the historic development of the property. All work performed was accomplished by an individual who meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications (36 CFR Part 61) for an Architectural Historian and has more than fifteen years of experience in preparation of NRHP nominations and DOEs. The finding of the project, which is subject to concurrence by the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (OK/SHPO) in accordance with 36 CFR Part 800, was that the building is eligible for the NRHP. Therefore any work proposed for the building must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and also be reveiwed for effect by the OK/SHPO. This is important to know at this stage because it will influence the work planned for the building, which will be undertaken as a separate project with different contractors.