City of Greenville: Historic Preservation
The City of Greenville recognizes that historic preservation is a vital tool for protecting the city’s heritage, revitalizing its neighborhoods, enhancing quality of life in Greenville, and stimulating economic development in the region.
Greenville has four districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one Local Historic District, and 25 Local Landmarks. The historic preservation program promotes the identification, evaluation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of the City's historic resources. Please use the links below to locate information about the city's historic preservation programs.
College View Historic District
Along with being a National Register Historic District, the College View Historic District is also a Local Historic District. Adjacent to the campus of East Carolina University, the College View Historic District consists of one of Greenville's largest and most intact early twentieth century residential areas, with numerous fine examples of Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic, Colonial Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, and Tudor Revival style houses.
The approximate boundaries of the District are East First Street to the north; Lewis Street to the east; East Fifth Street to the south; and Reade Street to the west (see: Map of College View Historic District). The designation of a local historic district provides for long-term preservation and utilization of historic resources. Local Historic District designation encourages the purchase and rehabilitation of properties because the investment is protected from trends that might otherwise harm the character and vitality of a neighborhood. To preserve the historic character and flavor of the district, some rehabilitation work may require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Historic Preservation Planner
P.O. Box 7207
Greenville, NC 27835
Along with the College View Historic District, there are 24 Local Landmarks, which are individually designated because of their significance in terms of history, prehistory, cultural importance, and architecture. Examples of Local Landmarks include the Greenville Municipal Building (201 West Fifth Street), the William H. Long House (200 East Fourth Street), King Simmons Lodge (505 West Fourteenth Street), and the Robert Lee Humber House (117 West Fifth Street). Owners of Local Landmarks are eligible to apply for a 50% annual deferral on city property taxes.
Recommendations for local landmark designation are made by the Historic Preservation Commission. City Council makes the final decision on which locations are given this honor.
The Charles O'Hagan Horne, Sr. House was recently designated a Local Landmark by the Greenville City Council. See: story of the Horne House.
National Register Historic Districts
The City of Greenville currently boasts five National Register Historic Districts: College View,Tobacco Warehouse,Commercial (Downtown), Skinnerville-Greenville Heights, and the recently designated Dickinson Avenue historic districts.
National Register designation is an honorary designation and does not regulate the appearance of structures contained within the district.State and federal rehabilitation tax credits are available for qualifying rehabilitative work. For more information, contact the Eastern Office of the State Historic Preservation Office at (252) 830-6580.
Certificates of Appropriateness (COA)
Any exterior alterations to structures or grounds of properties located within the College View Historic District or property designated as a Local Landmark require review from the Greenville Historic Preservation Commission via a COA application. Click here to download a COA application PDF copy of Local Historic District & Local Landmark Design Guidelines COA Application submission deadlines and HPC meeting dates.
Repairs to Local Historic Properties (Minor Works)
As long as the work will not significantly alter the historic character of any structures or grounds of a locally designated historic property, many repairs or minor changes to properties in the Local Historic District or to Local Landmarks require only a Minor Works COA Click here to download a MWCOA. Repair or replacement of original but deteriorated siding, roofing, or masonry joints with in-kind materials is encouraged and does not require a COA or a public hearing. See: compete list of repairs that require only a Minor Works COA.
Façade Improvement Grant Program
Property owners or tenants of downtown commercial buildings are eligible to apply for facade improvement grants. These matching grants are funded by the City of Greenville and awarded on a reimbursement basis with a maximum amount of $5,000. Tenants must have the property owner sign the application, and if selected, the contract. Applications for these grants are available only at workshops where assistance is provided to complete the applications. Façade Improvement Grant program is now an “Open-Cycle” program meaning that applications can be accepted monthly. Applicants must attend a pre-grant workshop (or attended a previous workshop) where assistance is provided to complete applications. Pre-grant workshops are scheduled as-needed, provided that program funding is available. To apply or schedule a pre-grant workshop, please call the Planning Division at 329-4486. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The Historic Preservation Commission reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the City Manager, who makes the final decision.
Historic Preservation Pilot Loan Program
The Historic Preservation Pilot Loan Program is an opportunity to obtain interest-free loans for properties within the CVHD and Locally Designated Landmarks. Applications will be considered on the basis of program fund availability and compliance with the Design Guidelines. Residential, commercial, and non-profit entities are eligible to participate in this program.
Applications will be accepted during two cycles, one in the spring, and one in the fall. There will be a workshop prior to each cycle with notice made to property owners. Loan funds will be split between the two cycles. Any excess funds from the first cycle will carry over to the second cycle. Applications will receive consideration as long as funds are available. Loan cycles follow the City’s fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.