Historic Preservation

A view of St. Augustine from the Castillo de San Marcos. Source: 1885 St. Augustine City Directory

A View of St. Augustine from the Castillo de San Marcos

What is Historic Preservation?

The historical heritage of the city is one of its most valued and important assets. In St. Augustine, there are many historic buildings, sites, objects, landscapes, districts as well as archaeological and cultural resoruces worthy of recognition. Historic preservation connects current ways of life with information about the past that helps prioritize what should be recognized in the future. 

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What is the role of the local government in historic preservation?

St. Augustine is recognized by the Florida Division of Historical Resources and the National Park Service as a Certified Local Government. Historic preservation a public policy implemented through a historic preservation ordinance. The ordinance establishes a Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) to develop and oversee the functions of its historic preservation program. City staff in the Historic Preservation Division undertake projects to advance the city's preservation goals with resource surveys, long range planning initiatives, stewardship of the city-owned historic resources, and education and outreach programming.

How does the City of St. Augustine regulate historic preservation?

The city's Comprehensive Plan and Code of Ordinances include regulations related to historic preservation including local archaeological zones, historic preservation zones, demolition review, and signage standards. The Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation expands on the review criteria for the built environment while the Archaeological Preservation Ordinance outlines compliance criteria for below-ground disturbances.