In 2002, the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission (HRC) was created from the merger of the Forsyth County Joint Historic Properties Commission and the Winston-Salem Historic District Commission. North Carolina's historic districts and landmarks statute, NCGS 160A-400.1 through 400.14, states that the historical heritage of our state is one of our most valued and important assets. This legislation also finds that the conservation and preservation of historic resources stabilizes and increases property values and strengthens the overall economy.
In order to maintain and enhance the character of historic resources in Forsyth County, the HRC's role is to protect and enrich the County's cultural, historical, architectural, and archaeological heritage through the identification, designation, and preservation of historic resources. To that end, the Commission strives to promote the use and conservation of historic properties for the education, pleasure, and enrichment of the residents of Forsyth County and North Carolina.
The twelve-member Commission [pdf] consists of five appointed representatives from Forsyth County, five from the City of Winston-Salem, one from the Town of Kernersville, and one from the Village of Clemmons. The HRC meets the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in Public Meeting Room of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, Fifth Floor, 100 East First Street, Winston-Salem. See the 2013 calendar [pdf/44kb/1p] showing meeting dates and application submittal deadlines.
Local Historic Landmark Design Review Guidelines Revision
Once a property is designated as a Forsyth County Local Historic Landmark, the property owner or representative must apply for and receive approval from the Historic Resources Commission (HRC) to make alterations to any portion of the designated property (including interiors, if designated). Design review guidelines are in place, which establish criteria used by the HRC, HRC staff, and property owners/representatives in determining whether proposed alterations are in keeping with the character of the landmark property. Once alterations have been approved by the HRC, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is issued for the project.
Periodically, design review guidelines need to be revised based on precedents set over time and the integration of new knowledge. The current landmark guidelines have been in place since 2002; HRC staff has recently updated the Local Historic Landmark guidelines. The new draft, available online [pdf/174kb/79p], will clarify and update subject matter, illustrate appropriate and inappropriate work, and provide general information about the Certificate of Appropriateness process.
In addition to administering local historic districts and landmarks, the Commission is involved in various activities relating to historic resources throughout the county, such as architectural inventories, historic markers, and National Register nominations. For more information regarding the HRC, please contact LeAnn Pegram, Historic Resource Officer at (336) 747-7054, or via email at email@example.com, or Michelle McCullough, Historic Resource Coordinator at (336) 747-7063, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. HRC staff is provided through the City-County Planning staff. Please visit this page in the future for additional information and updates.