Recognizing the importance of our local heritage and historic resources, the City of Rome adopted a preservation ordinance in 1974. The first local district, Between the Rivers, was designated on June 4, 1979 and Rome has adopted four additional districts – Oakdene Place (July 6, 1981), Avenue A (April 20, 1998), East Rome (May 17, 1999), and College Heights (July 3, 2000) - since that time. Designation is an honor, indicating that the community believes the district deserves recognition and protection. Historic district designation can help to stabilize property values by maintaining the neighborhood's character, and it benefits property owners by protecting them from inappropriate changes made by other owners that might destroy the special qualities of the neighborhood. Rome's Historic Preservation Ordinance requires property owners and occupants to obtain approval before undertaking any exterior material change in the appearance of a property located within a local historic district; including changes to existing buildings, new construction, and major landscaping projects.
Approval for an exterior change in the appearance of a property may be granted through the Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA) or Administrative review process.
The most recent meeting agendas and minutes of the Rome Historic Preservation Commission can be found here.
Downtown Design Guidelines
Over the past year, the design committee of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) has been reviewing the adopted design guidelines. The HPC adopted the revisions to the Downtown Design Guidelines in October 2008. The HPC has also adopted revisions to the guidelines for signs for residential buildings and commercial buildings located in commercial corridors not in Downtown Rome. These revised guidelines can be found at the following links.
Design Guidelines for Properties in Downtown Rome.
Guidelines for Signs on Residential Property.
Guidelines for Signs in Commercial Corridors.