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
- Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts
- Deja News (formerly In the Districts)
RHDC has conducted multiple surveys and research projects. Some links in this section open a PDF in a new window. The documents are image intensive and may take a moment to load.
- Raleigh Comprehensive Architectural Survey
- Comprehensive Architectural Survey Multiple Property Types Documentation
- 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
- Historic Context for Stronach's Alley City Block
- 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)
On December 3 Raleigh City Council adopted ordinances designating the John & Belle Anderson House, the William & Georgia Holleman House, and the Merrimon-Wynne House as Raleigh Historic Landmarks...READ MORE
Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)
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Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs)
The City's new UDO took effect September 1. With that comes a few process changes for Major Work COA Applications and an updated application form. Check out the COA process page on the City's website for more information. New! Approved Minor Work applications available on City web portal here.