Our Mission

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

Oakwood National Register Report Update

The Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) is seeking input from all owners and residents in the Oakwood Historic Overlay District regarding an update to the Oakwood National Register report, which relies heavily on research work from Matthew Brown.  Your feedback will help ensure the report is accurate and complete.  The report is available as a PDF from the City of Raleigh website here.

The Oakwood National Register Historic District was first established in 1974 and was expanded through additional updates in 1987 and 1988.  The district was recognized for containing Raleigh's largest collection of nineteenth-century Victorian-era dwellings and its richest diversity of architectural styles overall.  Oakwood is also one of eight Historic Overlay Districts in Raleigh, the local designation equivalent of the National Register of Historic Places.  Since the requirements for National Register reports have changed substantially from the creation of the first report, the current update goal is to determine which properties are contributing to the character of the district and to gather information about each property that is classified as contributing.  All contributing properties are documented with a description and photograph, and the report includes an evaluation of the significance of the district and a description of the district as a whole.

The questionnaire is available online at https://poll.cityzenapp.us/3632.  Responses will be accepted until June 14 at 11:59 PM.  RHDC staff will also be at the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood’s May 9 meeting to answer questions and to accept questionnaire responses in person.  If you have questions, please send an email to rhdc@rhdc.org.

Thanks to all owners and residents from Oakwood for participating in the questionnaire.  The commissioners appreciate your ongoing support in our mission to identify, preserve, protect and promote Raleigh’s historic resources.

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