The mission of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission is to identify, preserve, protect, and promote Raleigh’s historic resources.
RHDC values research that illuminates aspects of the city's history. To that end, RHDC has a Research Committee that seeks to identify properties with particular historic significance. The Committee nominates properties for designation to the following rosters:
- Raleigh Historic Landmarks
- Raleigh Historic Districts
- Properties with Statewide Significance
- National Register of Historic Places
RHDC has published multiple publications:
- "A Primer for Property Owners & Residents of Raleigh Historic Districts"
- Common Beauty: History of the Physical Form and Uses of Moore Square
- Culture Town: Life in Raleigh's African American Communities (available for purchase)
- Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts
- Deja News (formerly In the Districts)
RHDC has conducted multiple surveys. Some links in this section open a PDF in a new window. The documents are image intensive and may take a moment to load.
- An Architectural and Historical Inventory of Raleigh, North Carolina
- The Architecture of William Henley Deitrick & Associates from 1926-1959
- College Park/Idlewild Mini-district Phase I Survey
- College Park/Idlewild Neighborhoods
- Early Raleigh Neighborhoods and Buildings
- Post-World War II and Modern Architecture in Raleigh, 1945-1965
- The Evolution of Raleigh's African-American Neighborhoods in the 19th and 20th Centuries
- An Intensive Cultural Resource Investigation: The Reverend M.L. Latta House and Latta University Site
- New Bern Avenue/Edenton Street Historic Architecture Survey: 500-1000 Blocks
- Raleigh Architectural Survey
- Raleigh's Kit Homes: A Brief Historical Context and Argument for Landmark Designation
Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)
A joint public hearing with the Raleigh City Council regarding the designation of the John E. & Frances Beaman House as a Raleigh Historic Landmark was held Tuesday, May 7, 2013. READ MORE
Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)
The city’s first new HOD in 20 years celebrates its 1st anniversary May 1.
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Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs)
After a year-long public effort of updating the Design Guidelines, the draft document is in the hands of the City Attorney prior to going to the RHDC and City Council for formal adoption.