Local Historic Districts & Landmarks - Overall Designation Map
This historic designation map shows the location of each local historic district in Athens-Clarke County, and also the location of most local historic landmarks in the county (this map may take a few moments to open). National Register districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places website.
Local Historic Districts - Individual District Maps
Bloomfield is a densely developed district characterized by houses with uniform setbacks on small and predominantly rectangular lots. Victorian Eclectic, American Four-square, Bungalow, and Craftsman styles can be found along with a few houses with Tudor Revival and Neoclassical detailing.
Boulevard Historic District is an Athens streetcar suburb dating from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Houses range from one to two stories in height and from simple vernacular cottages to large mansions.
Buena Vista Heights was designated as a local historic district in 2013 and includes 62 properties with most built between 1890 and 1960. The area developed as a working class residential neighborhood along the streetcar line.
Castalia Avenue historic District was developed as infill between areas of earlier development. The western side of the street was developed between 1935 and 1942 while the eastern side of the street was developed between the late 1940s and the early 1960s on land that had previously been part of the rear yards of homes on Milledge Avenue. The architectural styles reflect those popular during the period of development for middle class homes.
West Cloverhurst / Springdale Historic District is an early to mid-20th Century residential area, which reflects a variety of architectural styles from the era. Defining visual characteristics include the eclectic variety of architecture, prominent front gables, and dogwood lined streets.
Cobbham, often called Athens' first suburb, is characterized by substantial, well-built houses, schools, and churches lining tree-shaded streets near downtown Athens.
Constructed primarily between 1810 and 1910, the homes in the Dearing district range in size from cottages to larger two-story residences. The tree that owns itself is a local landmark of folklore fame.
Downtown Character Areas
The Downtown Character areas are not local historic districts though some areas do have local historic designation. These character areas are used to differentiate different Design Standards for new development within the diverse areas of what collectively make up “downtown” and the Commercial-Downtown (C-D) zoning designation. See Section 9-10-6 of the ACC Code of Ordinances for more information.
Downtown Local Historic District
The Downtown Historic District includes a dense urban core of commercial construction and institutional properties with brick being the primary building material.
West Downtown Local Historic District
The West Downtown Local Historic District includes a mix of commercial and institutional architecture on the original Athens street grid in an area that very early transitioned from residential to commercial uses with the influences of African-American businesses, transportation shifts to increasing automotive dependence, and the local music scene.
The Henderson district is a small, primarily residential area composed of historic residences dating from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century. Modestly detailed folk-victorian cottages represent the most prevalent architectural style.
The Milledge Avenue Local Historic District stretches from Broad Street at the north to Lumpkin Street at the south and includes some of the finest historic architecture to be found in Athens in an area that has gracefully transitioned from a prominent residential area to embrace more commercial and institutional land uses.
The Milledge Circle Historic District is a planned residential development begun in 1915 at what was then an expanding part of town due to the nearby streetcar system. The neighborhood was developed over several decades for middle and upper-middle class property owners and reflects the architectural styles that evolved during that period of development from 1915 to 1949 and beyond.
The Reese Street Local Historic District is a small residential neighborhood of approximately six square blocks in area located three blocks west of downtown Athens. The district primarily contains modest late 19th and early 20th century frame residences. Also within the district are one historic church and one school building as well as two historic commercial structures.
Rocksprings is a small historic district in the middle of Athens consisting of a row of shotgun houses, the remnant of a much larger collection of worker housing dating from 1925.
W Rutherford is reflective of the 1930s to 1950s period of development in its architecture and materials. Visual defining characteristics include gable rooflines, dormers, and brick or stone landscape elements.
Woodlawn Historic District is comprised of a group of early 20th century residences. Styles include Bungalow / Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, and Tudor Revival.