What Local Historic District DOES NOT do: · Does not regulate paint colors · Does not require repairs or renovations to be made · Does not increase taxes beyond normal increases for the City or County · Does not prevent additions · Does not prevent non-contributing homes from being demolished · Does not require use of historic materials or historic building methods · Does not require that you open you home to the public · Does not restrict routine maintenance of properties
What Local Historic District DOES do: · Recognizes that Oakhurst has a distinctive historic character important to the overall character of the City of Decatur · Encourages creative and compatible development with historic areas · Requires that a Certificate of Appropriateness be obtained for exterior changes to contributing properties, demolition of buildings, and new construction. · Applies only to major renovations to the exterior of your home. Interior renovations are not restricted.

Monday, August 13, 2007

What is historic about Oakhurst? What is your basis for nominating the district?

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What is historic about Oakhurst? What is your basis for nominating the district?

The nominating form contains some of the history surrounding the proposed district. It was developed during the time that Oakhurst was its own town. The proposed boundary has a consistent bungalow style and is relatively intact. The South Decatur historical survey conducted by Darlene Roth in 1987 was very thorough and was included as an index to later surveys for 1989 and 1990. In the survey from 1987 Ms. Roth states that "What Oakhurst represents for the City of Decatur is a pattern of housing -- scale, materials, and styles -- which won out over other available possibilities during the 1910s and especially the 1920s." She goes on to say "The Oakhurst areas were the most populous in Decatur through the 1920s and it was the Oakhurst pattern of down-scaled houses, rather than the Adams-King's Highway pattern of upscaleed houses which has continued to dominate Decatur architecture."

Location of Oakhurst "The skeletal outline of these related developments (Oakhurst, East End, and part of Greater Decatur) is visible on the 1928 USGS topographic map for Decatur: the houses clearly follow the line of the Georgia railroad and the South Decatur trolley line".

Why is the time period important "The late 1910s and the 1920s were the most significant decade for Decatur development"

Why preserve "Oakhurst and related sections (Greater Decatur and East End) represent what Decatur was becoming and was to become when these parts were annexed to the city in 1915 and 1916. After Oakhurst, the moderately scaled, modestly decorated, cosily nestled suburban house was the norm for Decatur"

How to preserve "The local ordinance could be used, with greater or lesser restrictions, to guide new construction in the historic areas, to recommend compatible alterations to contribuing properties, within the historic areas, to deter unnecessary demolitions, and to increase the local respect and pride in Decatur's historic housing stock -- a primary municipal asset."

The full 1987 report is available. Just request it via e-mail at preserveoakhurst@gmail.com.


Anonymous said...

What are the dates of the meetings with the City to discuss the Guidelines?