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

Raleigh Historic Development Commission

New COA Submittal Process

Beginning July 8 all applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness (Major and Minor Work) must be submitted through the City of Raleigh's new Permit and Development Portal. Applications will no longer be accepted by mail or in-person. Historic preservation staff will be available to help applicants throughout the transition. Questions about this new service may be emailed to RHDC (rhdc@rhdc.org). 

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)!

Plummer T. Hall House Update

In early April 2019 the Plummer T Hall and Willis Graves Houses (814 Oberlin Road) were finally sold to Preservation North Carolina for use as their new headquarters.  In fall 2017 City Council approved Preservation North Carolina's proposal to purchase and rehabilitate the Hall House.  Per approved Certificates of Appropriateness, the Hall House was moved out of the right-of-way and the Graves House was relocated to the property in the winter of 2018-19.  As part of the sale approval by City Council, $175,000 of the Preservation Revolving Loan Fund has been loaned by RHDC to Preservation NC to facilitate the extensive rehabilitation. 

Oakwood National Register Report Update

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!  More information on the project is here.

Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan

Read RHDC's January 2019 memo to City Council.  October 2018, RHDC commented on the preliminary master plan. In short,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 the full memo here.

Architectural Survey Update

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

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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