Welcome to the Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)

We encourage you to explore this new online resource which provides individuals and communities with information and tools to support the preservation and revitalization of New York's rich heritage and culture.

CRIS is an advanced Geographic Information System program that provides access to New York State's vast historic and cultural resource databases and now digitized paper records. CRIS provides users with access to more than 1.5 million pages of digital images including, National Register documents, building and archaeological inventory forms and survey reports and a wide variety of additional legacy data.

CRIS serves as an interactive portal for agencies, municipalities and others who use historic preservation programs, such as the State and Federal Income Tax Credits for Historic Properties, the State and National Registers of Historic Places Programs, the Sections 14.09 (NYSPRHPL) and 106 (NHPA) review processes, the Certified Local Government Program and building and archaeological survey programs.

State of Opportunity

CRIS was developed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's Division for Historic Preservation (DHP) with funding from the Federal Highway Administration's 2008 SAFETEA LU program. The DHP, which also serves as New York State's Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) oversees and maintains a broad range of data and information about New York's architectural, historic, cultural and archaeological properties.