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:
- Primer for Property Owners & Residents of Raleigh Historic Districts
- Character Protection Overlay
- 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.
- Archaeological Investigations at the Crabtree Jones Site (31WA1871**) -- (with Preservation North Carolina)
- 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
- Designing A 21st-century City: Historic Preservation and the Raleigh of Tomorrow
- Early Raleigh Neighborhoods and Buildings
- Ground Penetrating Radar Survey of Oak Grove Cemetery
- 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
- Residential Development in the Village of Method: A Brief Historic Context for Landmark Designation of Individual Properties
- Anderson Heights Study List Report
Documents from RHDC partners. Some links in this section open a PDF in a new window. The documents are image intensive and may take a moment to load.
- Index to the Real Estate Maps of Clarence Lamb Mann, Primarily Encompassing the City of Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina (1893-1960). Compiled by Charles P. Blunt, IV.
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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