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Next COA Major Work Deadline:
4:00 pm on September 17

North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Cottage

Photo by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright RHDC
Street Address: 
2714 Vanderbilt Avenue
1886, 1926

In 1886, this two-story frame farmhouse stood on ten acres well beyond the city limits. The Agricultural Experiment Station conducted research on tobacco, cotton, rice, and pea crops as well as on fertilizer, soil properties, insect control, and poultry science. City limits eventually expanded west to include the station; after 1926, suburban development surrounded the farmhouse. While the house is closely flanked by subdivision houses, it stands out distinctly in the streetscape with its deeper setback and eclectic Victorian architectural design featuring elements of the Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne styles.

Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

City Council designated two new landmarks on July 1 and scheduled a joint public hearing between Raleigh City Council and RHDC which has been deferred until September 2 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comments regarding another historic landmark application....READ MORE

Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)

This winter the City will install new street signage... READ MORE 

Recent concern over new construction in a Raleigh historic overlay district (HOD)... READ MORE 



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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.


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.