What Are the Components of a Local Historic District?


Historic district significance is ascribed to a collection of buildings, structures, sites and spaces comprising integrity of location, design, materials, workmanship, feeling and association.  Local districts and reasons for creating them vary, but are generally based on two components:

  1. Adoption of a local preservation ordinance, with provisions for designating historic resources, creating a local review board, and writing local design review guidelines, and
  2. Creation of a design review board called a preservation commission.