Register of Culturally Significant Property

The Secretary of State's Register of Culturally Significant Property[1](Secretary’s Register) was founded in 2000 as a White House Millennium Project. It is an honorific listing of important architecture and properties overseas that figure prominently in the international heritage of the United States. These historic places include chanceries, residences, office buildings, a museum, a cemetery, and a guest house. The properties are either owned or leased by the U.S. Department of State at the time of designation.

Winfield House in London
Villa Otium in Oslo

Properties are placed on the Secretary’s Register every other year. To be eligible for consideration, a nominated property must demonstrate an association with an important aspect of American diplomatic history and be included in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) List of Significant Properties. The OBO List of Significant Properties is similar to the National Register of Historic Places for domestic properties maintained by the  Secretary of the Interior.

In addition to the preliminary requirements, seven criteria are used to evaluate nominated properties for inclusion in the Secretary's Register:

  • Designation or acknowledgment by a government as a significant property
  • Part of the United States' overseas heritage
  • Association with a significant historical event or person
  • Important architecture and/or by an important architect
  • Distinctive theme or assembly
  • Unique object or visual feature
  • Archaeological site

The Secretary's Register is instrumental in promoting the preservation of American history and architecture overseas and the conservation of cultural heritage in partnership with host governments. The State Department owns or has under long-term lease over 3,500 properties at 289 diplomatic posts worldwide. Of these, 39 are recognized as landmark American properties abroad with listing in the Secretary's Register.

Culturally Significant PlacesEdit

The following is a list of the Department of State's culturally significant places honored in the Secretary's Register.[2] Many of these are currently used as the embassy or residence of the United States ambassadors to their respective countries.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ United States Department of State
  2. ^ "The Secretary of State's Register of Culturally Significant Property" (PDF). Department of State. Retrieved May 13, 2019.