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Local Historic Districts

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What are Local Historic Districts?

Local historic districts are established by City Council following a recommendation by the Historic Preservation Commission. The City Council designated the first district in 1962. Letters in parentheses after district names such as (HD), (HD-R), (HD-MU), (CBD-HDO) and (HDO) refer to zoning designations.

Local Historic Districts

  • The Theater Historic District (HD) contains a mixture of residential, commercial, public and ecclesiastical architecture, as well as the Thalian Hall Theater. It is a separate use district with its own uses and zoning regulations.
  • The Residential Historic District (HD-R) contains some of the finest of Wilmington’s high-style and vernacular residential architecture. It is a separate use district with its own uses and zoning regulations.
  • The Mixed Use Historic District (HD-MU) contains commercial, public, ecclesiastical and residential architecture. It is a separate use district with its own uses and zoning regulations.
  • The Downtown Commercial Historic District Overlay (CBD-HDO) contains an eclectic mix of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century buildings. It is a zoning overlay district which provides a mechanism for the design review process but does not change the underlying use zoning.
  • The Carolina Heights/Winoca Terrace Historic District Overlay (HDO) was built as a streetcar suburb at the turn of the twentieth-century. This well landscaped area contains a variety of twentieth-century architectural styles. The district is a zoning overlay district which provides a mechanism for the design review process but does not change the underlying use zoning.

Exterior Alterations to Properties

To make any exterior change to a property within a local historic district or Historic District Overlay (HDO) contact the City's Historic Preservation Planner.

 To determine if a property is within a local historic district or Historic District Overlay (HDO) click on the Wilmington Historic District informational brochure.