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There are two kinds of historic districts - Local and National. Some are both although their boundaries may differ slightly.

   National Historic Districts. These are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Properties that are deemed contributing structures to a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places may be eligible for State and Federal rehabilitiation tax credits. Information on tax credits can be found here.

   Local Historic Districts. The value of properties in a locally designated historic district is enhanced by the requirement that any exterior modifications must be approved by the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission.

   There are several groups around the Triangle that focus on preserving and restoring historic buildings and landmarks. Links to these organizations can be found here.

Bloomsbury (Five Points area) - National

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One of the Five Points neighborhoods, Bloomsbury shows many examples of the Revivialist architecture styles of the early twentieth century. While less impressive than some of the other neighborhoods, most notably Hayes Barton, Bloomsbury still retains its own character and appeal. Streets wind over hills and along streams, creating a unique connection with Bloomsbury's topography.

Blount Street (Downtown) - Local and National

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Strectching five blocks from the Governor's Mansion north to Peace College, this District also includes the William Thomas B&B and a number of stately houses now owned by NC State Government. The Lt. Governor's office is shown here. Legislation is now pending that would return these homes to private residential use protected by historic preservation covenants.

Boylan Heights (Downtown) - Local and National

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Each Halloween neighbors and their pumpkins line the Boylan Avenue bridge overlooking nearby downtown Raleigh. In December a juried Arts Walk brings together neighborhood and other artists displaying their works on the porches, in the living rooms, and along the winding tree-lined streets of this "hill-top" community.

Cameron Park - National

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Dating back to 1910, the winding tree-lined streets and three parks of Cameron Park form a lush island surrounded by NC State University, St. Mary's girls school, Broughton High School, Wiley Elementary School, the Cameron Village shopping area, all within minutes of downtown Raleigh.

Capital Square (Downtown) - Local and National

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The Capital Square contains some of Raleigh's oldest and most important government structures. Dating from the early nineteenth century, they are reminders of our long and detailed history. The most notable is the capital building, constructed out of granite in the Greek Revival style. Christ Church, another granite structure, is an architectural landmark of national significance. Capital Square contains several other historic churches and government buildings, mostly built of stone in various styles.

Depot District (Downtown) - National

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Raleigh's Depot Historic District contains approximately four blocks of brick commercial, industrial and old railroad buildings dating from the 1880s to the early 1950s. It is located two blocks west of Fayetteville Street, Raleigh's main commercial street ,and east and north of the Norfolk and Southern railroad tracks in the southwest corner of the original 1792 town plan. The area includes Nash Square, also known as Nash Park in the early part of the century, and still retains the feel and character of when it was Raleigh’s railroad and warehouse distribution hub.

Dix Hill - National

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The Dix Hill campus spans over some 400 acres. Its historic core contains the front hillside, also known as the "Grove," and at least 42 buildings and 50 small houses including A.J. Davis’ original Center Building, built in 1856 but partially demolished and expanded in the past fifty years. On the west side of campus, there is Spring Hill, or the Theophilus Hunter House, and a Nationally Registered plantation house built ca. 1820. The campus is roughly divided in half by the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks extending behind Center Building.

East Raleigh - South Park (Downtown) - National

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The East Raleigh-South Park Historic District is composed of 700 structures occupying approximately 30 blocks east and south of the downtown area. The districted is predominately residential and characterized by one- and two-story frame dwellings with two or three bays. The houses are mostly modest working-class dwellings, which are often decorated with motifs from the popular styles of their day. Churches, institutions, and small brick groceries are scattered thoughout the district. Most of the houses in the district were built from around 1900 to 1940; approximately twenty percent date to the nineteenth century.

Glenwood-Brooklyn - National

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Located less than a mile northwest from the North Carolina State Capital Building, the Glenwood and Brooklyn historic neighborhoods are at the heart of Raleigh. Built between 1907 and 1951, the houses are typically of frame construction and retain their original siding. The landscaping remains much as it was half a century ago.

Hayes Barton (Five Points area) - National

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Another of the five neighborhoods surrounding Five Points, Hayes Barton is characterized by rolling terrain and curving streets. Split in two by Glenwood Avenue, the neighborhood manages to be at the heart of commerce while still retaining a peaceful feel. Greatly contributing to this effect is Potomac Park, a naturalistic area contained within the west side of the district. Homes were built in a variety of Revivalist styles.

Historic Oakwood (Downtown) - Local and National

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The annual Candlelight Tour in December brings thousands of visitors to this neighborhood that is seemlessly adjacent to downtown Raleigh, Peace College, and the State Government campus that includes the Governor's Mansion and two state museums, History and Natural History.

Moore Square (Downtown) - Local and National

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One of Raleigh's original four public squares, Moore Square is now the heart of an area renowned for the arts, entertainment and education.

Mordecai - National

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Herb gardens and President Andrew Johnson's birthplace are part of the Mordecai Historic Park that is located within this quiet neighborhoods nestled just north of Oakwood west of Oakdale. The District is adjacent to the recently renovated Pilot Mill buildings whoes tenants include Alien Skin Software and the Raleigh Charter High School. Grab a plant, coffee and lunch at nearby Logan's Nusery in the old train station.

Roanoke Park (Five Points area) - National

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The Roanoke Park Historic District is located southeast of Raleigh's historic Five Points intersection. It is approximately 107 acres with a characteristic irregular street pattern that follows the hills, slopes and streams of the area. It is an early-twentieth century residential neighborhood, consisting almost entirely of single-family homes of the nationally popular architectural styles of the 1910’s to 1950’s.

Vanguard Park (Five Points area) - National

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Just northeast of the historic Five Points intersection lays the Vanguard Park Historic District. With a topography similar that of the slightly rolling hills of North Carolina’s eastern Piedmont, this wonderful area is full of Craftsman style houses and other architectural styles of 1920’s to early 50’s. Front yards are often landscaped with popular varieties of dogwoods, oaks, or crepe myrtles and azaleas.

West Raleigh - National

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The West Raleigh Historic District lays approximately 1 1/2 miles west-northwest of the state capitol and encompasses roughly 332 acres. It is made up of several subdivisions platted separately in first decades of the twentieth century and presents an irregular and intermingling of street patterns and informal parks. With its proximity to Hillsborough St., West Raleigh maintains close ties to North Carolina State University, where many of the districts historic and current residents work and study.

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