Historic Districts

A conceptual rendering of a three story condominium development.

‘Emergency’ Historic District Alters, But Does Not Prevent, Boise Condo Project

No historic buildings were harmed to create the Residences at 132 Main.

June 23, 2022 - Boise Dev

An aerial image of the neighborhood of Buckman in Portland, Oregon.

Homeowner Groups Find an Antidote to Zoning Reforms: National Register Historic Districts

Many neighborhoods are moving to create historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places in response to the growing number of states, cities, and neighborhoods loosening single-family residential zones.

October 22, 2021 - Sightline Institute

Cleveland Park, D.C.

How Historic Districts Supersede Local Zoning Regulations

How one historic district in a growing corner of Washington, D.C. is able to effect downzoning.

May 7, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Washington, D.C. Historic District

Opinion: Historic Preservation's Climate Problem Reveals its Class Problem

A strongly worded opinion piece calls out historic preservation as a tool of the affluent urban elite.

January 29, 2020 - The New York Times

Cincinnati Area

Riverfront Revitalization Takes Shape in Covington

A new private development project will add outdoor space and public programming to a revitalizing riverfront area in Covington, Kentucky, near Cincinnati.

September 22, 2019 - WCPO


Could Savannah Lose Historic District Designation?

The National Park Service (NPS) recently commissioned a study to assess the integrity and condition of the Savannah National Historic Landmark District. That report recommends the district be categorized as “threatened.”

April 13, 2018 - Modern Cities

Larimer Square

Big Changes Coming to Denver's Downtown Historic District

A development proposal would add two new buildings in addition to major renovations in Larimer Square.

February 22, 2018 - The Denver Post

Washington D.C. Row Houses

Is Washington D.C. Preserving Buildings or Hoarding Them?

A piecemeal, reactive approach to historic preservation in the capital may burden the future with too many buildings of "middling merit."

January 29, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

New York Moves Ahead on New Historic District

The new district may be both preservationist and political.

November 7, 2016 - The Architect's Newspaper

Preserving Las Vegas' Midcentury Residential Neighborhoods

In a region infamous for blowing everything up and starting over again, a growing constituency is interested in preserving the residential neighborhoods of yesteryear.

August 22, 2016 - Las Vegas Sun

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