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

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

Small House

Photo by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright RHDC
Street Address: 
310 Lake Boone Trail
1951 and 1961

Raleigh architect G. Milton Small designed this house as his own residence. It is a nearly square one-story frame house sited on a steep hillside in a bend on Lake Boone Trail. Small studied under the Modernist master Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The Small House, with its uncluttered cubic shape, flat roof, and emphasis on proportions, was the first structure in Raleigh to evoke the design concepts of Mies. Additions and alterations made by Small after the initial construction continued in this style. Private residence.

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.