Because Staunton has a wealth of historic architecture, the City has created five nationally registered Historic Preservation Districts. The creation of the Historic districts helps preserve these valuable resources for the generations to come. The five historic districts are Gospel Hill, Beverley, The Wharf, Stuart Addition, and Newtown.
The Historic Preservation Commission, appointed by City Council, reviews and approves repairs, and modifications to homes, buildings, fences, walls, and other site details in the five districts as regulated by Section 18.85 of the Staunton City Code. Additionally, the adopted Historic District Design Guidelines provide guidance on work performed in the districts. Below are some useful links to help educate and assist in performing work within the Historic Districts.
- Is my property in a Historic District?
- Making changes in a Historic District
- Application for Certificate of Appropriateness
- When are the deadlines for an application and meeting dates?
The Historic Staunton Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting the preservation and revitalization of the architectural and historic resources in the City, sponsors several programs and services supporting Staunton's Historic Preservation Districts. Programs include ongoing walking tours and preservation programs as well as preservation services for residents, business owners, and developers.