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.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Just insert Oakhurst into Powelton below

Is Powelton Village a Philadelphia
Historic District?

No. Listing on the Philadelphia Register of Historic
Places recognizes and protects the special
architectural and historic character of the district.
Powelton Village is on the National Register of
Historic Places, which recognizes significance but
does not provide protection.

What gives Philadelphia the power to
create Local Historic Districts?

The Philadelphia Preservation Ordinance, Section
14-2007, was enacted in 1954. At this time it
created the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, on
which individual structures could be listed for
their architectural, historical, or cultural
significance. The Ordinance was amended in
1985 to allow for entire districts to be placed on
the Register.

Why should Powelton Village become a
Local Historic District?

Local Historic Districts are the best method of
protecting the character of historic
neighborhoods. They help prevent the demolition
and inappropriate alteration of historic buildings.
Creating a Local Historic District in Powelton
Village can lead to the stabilization of property
values, the protection of buildings and
streetscapes, and the fostering of community

How can Powelton Village become a
Philadelphia Historic District?

By completing a nomination and submitting it to
the Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC).
The PHC consists of architects, structural
engineers, builders, historians, lawyers, and
developers appointed by the mayor, as well as the
heads of six city departments. The PHC considers
applications and whether or not to approve them.

What does the nomination need to
A description of the characteristics of the
potential district, its significance, an evaluative
inventory listing for every property in the district,
and a map showing the boundaries of the district.
Isn’t this a lot of work?
It can be, but much of it is done for you already.
The preliminary nomination required by the PHC
before the official nomination can be submitted
has already been prepared and is ready for
submittal. The National Register form contains
many of the requirements necessary for the local
nomination including the beginning of an
inventory. Also, a database has been created
which contains information about every building
in Powelton Village.

What’s left to do?
Complete an inventory for each structure and
submit the formal nomination for inclusion on the
Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.