Geographic Information System
Cultural and Historical Resource Information System (CHRIS)
CHRIS is a web based mapping application developed to efficiently manage the preservation efforts of historic properties and assist in preservation planning. CHRIS includes Delaware's National Register listed properties with the nomination form and pictures for each property. Historic District boundaries, National Historic Landmarks, and cultural resource inventory for New Castle, Kent and parts of Sussex County are also available. Aerial photography is available for various years beginning with 1937 up to 2007. The application is available to the public at http://chris.delaware.gov.
If you are a consultant working with the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, you may request a username and password to gain full access to CHRIS. Please submit the user account application provided below.
Need assistance with the features and tools available in CHRIS? Follow the link below to view or download the help document. CHRIS Help
National Register Datasets
The Delaware State Historic Preservation Office maintains statewide GIS datasets that show location and cultural/management information on historic properties (buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts) listed in the National Register of Historic Places for Delaware, including properties which are also National Historic Landmarks.
"Hundreds" are a geographic division, smaller than counties and roughly equivalent to "townships" in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Delaware is the only state which currently uses this division. There are thirty-three hundreds today. The most recent changes to hundreds were in the 1870s when the last two were established: Gumboro in 1873 and Blackbird in 1875. Prior to the 1960s, hundreds were used as voting districts and as units for reporting taxes. The sole use of hundreds today is in property tax assessments (tax parcel numbers are assigned by hundreds) For the full story on Delaware's hundreds visit the University of Delaware Research Guides
All of these datasets are now available for download on the Delaware Geospatial Data Exchange. Anyone can browse the list of public datasets in the Data Exchange at: https://dataexchange.gis.delaware.gov/dataexchange/download.aspx To view HCA data at the top of the dataset list, use the Dataset Filter, By Group, check DHCA, and Apply.To download the public datasets, you need to create an account through the State of Delaware Identity Access Management (IAM) Self Registration system at: https://selfregistration.delaware.gov/iamselfreg/SelfRegLogin.jsp
If you have questions or comments about any of our GIS resources, please contact Mary Harper at (302) 736-7400.
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