Our Mission

The mission of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission is to identify, preserve, protect, and promote Raleigh’s historic resources.

Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Historic Landmark Changes

On February 2, 2021 City Council approved a name change for the Hubert & Marguerite Haywood House and removed Historic Landmark Designation from the Josephus Daniels House.  

Lustron House For Sale!

A joint venture with RHDC, Preservation North Carolina and the City of Raleigh has saved our last known intact Lustron House from destruction.  Click here for photos of the move and next steps. To purchase the property visit PNC (assembly required)! 

COA Submittal Process

All applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness (Major and Minor Work) must be submitted through the City of Raleigh's Permit and Development Portal. Applications will no longer be accepted by mail or in-person. Historic preservation staff is available to help applicants. Questions may be emailed to RHDC (rhdc@rhdc.org). 

Oakwood National Register Report Update

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!  More information on the project is here. The completed report is being reviewed bu the Research Committee.

Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan

RHDC has formed an ad hoc committee to follow and assist as the plan is implemented.  RHDC recognizes the City’s immense responsibility as steward of a legacy site of deep historic and cultural significance both to the City of Raleigh, as well as the State of North Carolina. This project, for which authenticity is key, will indeed define Raleigh for generations to follow. RHDC supports the proposed retention of approximately half of the campus’ built environment to serve a variety of new uses while reserving some for future uses. These tangible expressions of Dix’s noble efforts provide an unparalleled opportunity to meet a myriad of community needs that otherwise might not be readily available, all while preserving the physical history of the site and its stories. Read RHDC's January 2019 memo to City Council.  Read the 2018 memo here.

Architectural Survey Update

Check out the 2017 update to Raleigh's Architectural Survey. 

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When shopping on Amazon.com, please use this link to make purchases through the Amazon Smile program. (This does not affect Prime membership benefits.)

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Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)

Oberlin Village was designated a General Historic Overlay District (HOD-G) on February 6, 2018.  READ MORE


Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

On October 3, Raleigh City Council adopted ordinances for 4 new Raleigh Historic Landmarks. READ MORE