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Historic Preservation

The City of Fayetteville considers preserving our historic resources and heritage a priority. Our community offers rich and diversified historic resources. Numerous historic neighborhoods, buildings, and landscapes provide both architectural and cultural reminders of our historical past. Preservation of historic buildings contributes to the character of our City and, equally important, reduces waste, and maximizes the use of existing materials and infrastructure. 

                       The Historic District Commission

With assistance from the Planning staff, the Historic District Commission is charged with promoting historic preservation in Fayetteville through public education of the City's historic and cultural resources; identification of significant historic structures and landmarks; and the creation and regulation of local ordinance districts designed to protect the character and integrity of the City's significant historic structures and landmarks. The White Hangar at Drake Field  was established as Fayetteville's first local ordinance district in 2008. .  

                                                                                                                   

          Fayetteville is a Preserve America Community

The Preserve America Communities program recognizes and designates communities, including neighborhoods in large cities, which protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.

                  

                  National Register Historic Districts

Fayetteville has five designated historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) listed below. They are comprised of residential neighborhoods in addition to commercial areas and the University of Arkansas Campus. As the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation, the NRHP recognizes historic properties that meet specific criteria, but it places no obligations on private property owners. National Register Historic Districts are subject to no regulations except the Fayetteville Unified Development Code. It's the community's responsibility to preserve its past and protect its story. 

                           Washington - Willow Historic District 
                  West Dickson Street Commercial Historic District
                                  Mount Nord Historic District 
                                  Wilson Park Historic District
                          University of Arkansas Historic District

               

       Fayetteville's Historic and Significant Architecture
 

What history is in your neighborhood? The Historic District Commission has produced a brochure illustrating a snapshot of Fayetteville's historic and significant architecture spanning a variety of styles from 1840 with the Evergreen Cemetery to 1968 with the SWEPCO building. Click here for your own copy.

         

          Historic Buildings Can Be Made LEED Certified

The Main Interior Building, which houses the U.S. Department of the Interior, gained a LEED Silver rating for phase one of an extensive modernization project. The Silver Rating did not destroy the historic features or character of the building. Click here for more information.

For more information contact Jesse Fulcher in the Planning Division at jfulcher@fayetteville-ar.gov or (479) 575-8267.

 

                    

Development Services is made up of several City Divisions that help developers and citizens obtain the services they need in one location.

Engineering protects the City's floodplains, facilitates the installation of the City's infrastructure, and manages the transportation bond & capital improvements programs.

Community Services coordinates the Animal Services, Code Compliance, and Community Development programs.

Building Safety administers building regulations that protect the health, safety, and welfare of Fayetteville's citizens in the built environment.

Animal Services operates the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and provides public education, adoption, and 24-hour emergency service for animals in the City.