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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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Pratt Cassity is Director of The Center for Community Design and Preservation in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.  As Senior Public Service faculty he teaches graduate courses in Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture and Planning. In 1998 he created an ongoing academic course that has placed nearly 500 students in over 90 different community settings across the state to provide local design solutions through a process called a charrette. 

For the past ten years he has taught a year-long freshman service-learning seminar called Global Engagement. He has also conducted a ten-year service-learning studio in Ghana, initiated civic engagement partnerships with programs in Croatia, Tunisia, Dominican Republic and Thailand as well as lecturing regularly at the Academia Istropolitano Nova in Slovakia. Recently his office has partnered with Oxford Brookes University to conduct workshops in India and South Africa and Haiti. 

In 2013, he was received the Excellence in Service-Learning award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. In 2011 he was recognized by UGA’s Franklin College with their highest award for first year seminars, as well as receiving one of only two UGA Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Awards. He was the University’s first Service-Learning Senior Scholar in Global Programs in 2007.  He has been recognized by the African Studies Institute for his contributions in West Africa, and received awards from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. 

In 2006 he received the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach.

For ten years he served as Executive Director of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and now provides the administrative home for the organization.  He has provided leadership throughout the southeast for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Your Town: the Rural Institute on Design workshops.  He has worked closely with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on other projects such as Preservation Leadership Training, training for the Americans with Disability Act and Community and Countryside workshops.

Mr. Cassity holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Mississippi State University, an M.S. in Public and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University and a certificate in the Conservation of Traditional Structures from the Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies at York University in the United Kingdom.


Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll is a professor in the Department of Interior Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she teaches advanced interior architecture studios, a preservation technology field school, and courses in preservation theory and architectural conservation. She maintains an architectural practice specializing in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings and consults on design guidelines for historic districts and preservation-related planning issues. She has written design guidelines for numerous North Carolina communities including Wake County, the City of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Davidson, Hillsborough, and Thomasville. 

Jo currently serves as immediate past chair of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions as well as immediate past chair of the Preservation North Carolina board. She also serves on the North Carolina National Register Committee and the Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission.

Jo spent more than 15 years conducting fieldwork and research on the architectural woodwork of Thomas Day eventually culminating in the book Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color she co-authored with Patricia Phillips Marshall.

Jo earned her BFA in Studio Art at UNC-Chapel Hill and her Master of Architecture at NCSU.

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