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Proposed Landmark Designations 

On May 3, Raleigh City Council designated the Anna Riddick House and Horton-Beckham-Bretsch House as Raleigh Historic Landmarks.  A minor boundary change to the Wilmont Apartments was also adopted.

As of May 2016 we have 164 landmarks!


Horton-Beckham-Bretsch House Designated!

Location: 11 South Blount Street

Significance: The ca. 1895 house possesses special significance architecturally as a bold example of the Eastlake cottage style in Raleigh and as one of a handful of residential buildings in the Capitol Square Historic Overlay District.  The crowning feature of the Bretsch House is its hipped-roof Eastlake-style porch that extends the width of the façade, with a projecting central porch bay. It is significant also historically for its association with the sisters Sallie Beckham Bretsch and Mary Partin, and later Sallie and Emma Smethurst, who boarded with Sallie from 1927 to her death in 1979. The women lived there longer than any of the men, and, as often single women, maintained a household not only by holding down jobs but also through the rent provided by boarders. 

Draft Ordinance


Anna Riddick House Designated!

Location:1028 Cowper Drive

Significance: The house has special architectural significance as an intact and distinctive mid-twentieth-century Georgian Revival-style residence designed for a single woman. The residential complex, facing generally west to Cowper Drive, consists of three buildings: the main house (1952) with attached guest house (ca. 1960); a carport (ca. 1980, noncontributing); and a storage shed (ca. 1980, noncontributing). The house has special historic significance for its association with Miss Anna Riddick, one of Raleigh’s earliest interior decorators, whose career spanned forty years from the 1920s to the 1960s.. 

Draft Ordinance


Wilmont Apartments Boundary change adopted.

Location:3200 Hillsborough Street

Significance: The 1926 four-story U-plan building Wilmont Apartments is significant architecturally and historically. The most significant site element is the placement of the building on its approximately 9/10th acre lot.  The building is set back from the street at a slight angle, making it visually more prominent as approached from the east (downtown). The boundary is proposed to be changes because the City has acquired approximately 798 SF (0.018 acre) of the property for right-of-way.  A COA for changes within this area was approved in 2015 (086-15-CA) in part because it did not affect the siting of the building or its visual prominence.   The now City owned property is .02% of the designated .89 acre lot.

Draft Ordinance

Current Ordinance


Nathaniel "Crabtree" Jones House Designated!

Location: 3108 Hillmer Drive

Significance: The Nathaniel "Crabtree" Jones House is significant in Raleigh for its intact Federal‐style architecture. The house is a rare surviving‐early nineteenth‐century house built in what was at the time rural Wake County, representing the type of dwelling a Wake County planter would have built for his family. Its intact woodwork and detailing reflect the craftsmanship of the workers who built the house. The level of architectural integrity evident at the Crabtree Jones House—including integrity of materials, design, workmanship, and form—is impressive and contributes to its special significance. 

Draft Ordinance


Owen and Dorothy Smith House Designated!

Location: 122 Perquimans Drive

Significance: The Owen and Dorothy Smith House is significant for its Modernist architectural design. The house is an excellent and intact example of the softer, Wright-influenced, “humanist” mode of Modernism that occurred in Raleigh in the 1950s. Its board-and-batten siding and Wake County stone create an approachable and organic feeling and present a distinctive façade. The house integrates with nature through formal garden spaces, naturalistic landscaping, walkways, loggia, and a screened porch. Houses with Modernist design from the mid-twentieth century are locally rare. Intact examples like the Owen Smith House are significant as representatives of an important architectural trend in the post-war period. 

Draft Ordinance


Gethsemane Seventh Day Adventist Church Designated!

Location: 501 S. Person Street

Significance: Gethsemane Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 501 South Person Street is historically significant as the first SDA church, black or white, established in Raleigh. Many of Gethsemane’s elders and pastors went on to become influential leaders in the black SDA movement, most notably Benjamin W. Abney.  Constructed in 1922, the church building is one of three churches within the East Raleigh-South Park National Register Historic District to retain its historic integrity. The simply detailed Gothic revival style church is architecturally significant for its method of construction, unreinforced concrete blocks decorated with quartz pieces. 

Draft Ordinance


Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

On May 3, Raleigh City Council designated the Anna Riddick House and Horton-Beckham-Bretsch House as Raleigh Historic Landmarks. READ MORE

Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)

The Glenwood-Brooklyn National Register District has become the 1st HOD-Streetside.  READ MORE



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Deadline dates for the 2017 COA meetings have changed!  The revised schedule and deadlines document has been posted here.