Contact: Ben Barcroft
Title: City Planner
Mount Airy Architectural Survey Update
Mount Airy, NC, January 23, 2018 - On July 26, 2017 the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources State Historic Preservation Office awarded the Certified Local Government (CLG) a Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant. The City of Mount Airy will be using the grant money to update its architectural survey which dates to the 1980s. To conduct the work, the city has contracted Dan Pezzoni of Landmark Preservation Associates. Over the next few months Dan will be documenting historic buildings, talking to residents about their history, entering the information in the state’s historic property database, etc. This survey will address the area within the municipal boundaries. Approximately 450 properties dating through 1970 will be surveyed: approximately 280 existing property records will be updated (220 properties in the Mount Airy Historic District and 60 outside the district) and approximately 170 new survey records will be created.
One outcome of the survey will be recommendations for the state’s Study List, a list of properties and districts that appear to have potential for the National Register of Historic Places. A comprehensive county or community survey provides a broad perspective on principal themes in local history and identifies properties and districts that appear likely to be eligible for the National Register. The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property.
On January 29, 2018 a preliminary meeting will be held at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. At the meeting Claudia Brown from the State Historic Preservation Office and contractor Dan Pezzoni will present more information on the survey and the National Register.