003-006 National landmark designation, letter from United States Department of the Interior to J. Irwin Miller and Xenia S. Miller
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Two-page typewritten letter with two enclosed typewritten pages.
Typewritten text (sheet 1):
United States Department of the Interior
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
1849 c Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
IN REPLY REFER TO: H34(2280)
Mr. and Mrs. J. Irwin Miller
2760 Highland Way
Columbus, Indiana 47201
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Miller:
We have been requested to include the Miller House, located in Columbus, Indiana, in the current group of properties being considered for National Historic Landmark designation. In order for this property to be considered for National Historic Landmark designation at the next meeting of the National Park System Advisory Board, it is necessary for us to ask whether you will waive your right to a 60-day period for commenting on the Landmark nomination of the property, as explained below.
We wish to expedite this matter, and to invite you to comment on it even if you should choose to waive your right to the full 60-day comment period normally provided under the Landmarks Program regulations. A study nominating the property for National Historic Landmark designation has been prepared, and a copy of it is enclosed. Should you wish to comment on the study, we ask that you do so speedily, so that the National Park System Advisory Board may have the beneﬁt of your comments at its upcoming meeting. The time and location of the meeting are indicated on the enclosure.
The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes properties of national signiﬁcance in the Nation's history, architecture, archeology, and culture. The owners may apply for a single bronze plaque. National Historic Landmark designation follows three steps: study and preparation of a nomination; review of the nomination by the National Park System Advisory Board; and a decision by the Secretary of the Interior on the Board's recommendations.
National Historic Landmarks Program regulations provide that certain parties shall receive notice of our preparation of a Landmark study and of the National Park System Advisory Board meeting at which the Board will consider that study. The notiﬁed parties ordinarily have 60 days before the Board meeting to submit their views in writing if they so desire. However, the regulations also provide for waiving of that full 60-day commenting period, when all property owners and the chief elected local ofﬁcial have agreed in writing to a waiver.
Because of the need for timely action, we ask that you waive the commenting period, if you so desire, by signing and dating the enclosed waiver, and returning the waiver to me by April 7, 2000, at the address on the waiver. Only your waiver of your right to the full notice period will permit the Board to consider this Landmark nomination at the next Board meeting. Because of the short time frame, you may fax a copy of the wavier to my attention at 202/343- l244. We would still need the original signed copy mailed to us.
Typewritten text (sheet 2):
We thank you for your attention to this matter, and we hope to receive your waiver soon. If we receive your waiver by the requested date, the National Park System Advisory Board National Landmarks Committee will review the study. Subsequently, they will recommend Landmark designation to the full Advisory Board if they believe that the property meets the criteria for designation of the National Historic Landmarks Program. We will then inform the Secretary of the Interior of the Board's recommendation for his decision.
To assist you in considering this matter, we have enclosed a copy of the regulations that govern the National Historic Landmarks Program. They describe the criteria for designation (Sec. 65.4) and include other information on the Program. We are also enclosing a fact sheet that outlines the effects of designation. If you have any questions concerning the waiver or NHL designation procedure you may call Ms. Patty Henry of the NHL Survey at 202/343-8163.
Carol D. Shull
Chief, National Historic Landmarks Survey
Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places
Typewritten text (sheet 3):
PROPERTY STUDIED FOR
NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION
COLUMBUS, INDIANA The Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board will evaluate this property at a meeting to be held on Monday, April 10, 2000, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 100, 800 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Landmarks Committee evaluates the studies of historic properties being nominated for National Historic Landmark designation in order to advise the full National Park System Advisory Board at their meeting on Sunday, April 16, 2000, in San Francisco, California, and will recommend to the full Board those properties that the Committee ﬁnds meet the criteria of the National Historic Landmarks Program.
Owners of private properties nominated for NHL designation have an opportunity to concur with or object to listing in accord with the National Historic Preservation Act and 36 CFR 65. Any owner or partial owner of private property who chooses to object to designation must submit a notarized statement certifying. that the party is the sole or partial owner of the private property and objects to the designation. Each owner or partial owner of private property has one vote regardless of the portion of the property that the party owns. If a majority of private property owners object, a property will not be designated. Letters objecting to or supporting nominations may be sent to Ms. Carol D. Shull, Chief, National Historic Landmarks Survey, at the National Park Service, National Register, History and Education, 1849 C Street, N.W., NC 400, Washington, D.C. 20240.
Should you wish to obtain information about these meetings, or about the National Historic Landmarks Program, please contact Historian Patty Henry at the National Park Service, National Register, History and Education, 1849 C Street, N.W., NC 400, Washington, D.C. 20240; or by telephone at 202/343-8163.
Typewritten text (sheet 4):
As owner of the Miller House, I hereby waive the right to a 60-day period for considering the nomination of the Miller House for designation as a National Historic Landmark.
Please check one of the boxes below:
 I wish to comment as follows:
 I do not wish to comment.
Xenia S. Miller J. Irwin Miller
Mr. and Mrs. J. Irwin Miller
Please return this waiver to Carol D. Shull, Chief, National Historic Landmarks Survey, Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., NC 400, Washington, D.C. 20240., no later than COB, April 7, 2000.