Studies & Other Information

Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
Historic preservation is good business. This economic benefits study by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources explores the financial impact of preservation on three Georgia communities: Athens, Rome, and Tifton. The project examines construction activity in historic districts, property values, and tourism, and illustrates how preservation is helping cities and towns throughout Georgia.

Historic Preservation in Athens

This document briefly describes the developmental history of Athens-Clarke County, and also discusses the creation of the Historic Preservation Ordinance and the Historic Preservation Commission.

Local vs. National Register Districts

There are a number of differences between historic designation types, including the types of protections afforded to the property's historic resources, the financial resources available, and the organizations responsible for overseeing designations. View the differences between the two.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Visit the National Register of Historic Places online.

Introductory Guide to Local Historic Districts & Landmarks

View the FAQ Info Sheet, an introductory guide to Athens-Clarke County's local historic districts and designation as an informational brochure for both existing and prospective property owners and with realtors' client education needs in mind.