Historic Preservation Plan

The City of Concord is currently engaged in a planning effort to examine the future of Historic Preservation in Concord. This effort seeks to align community interests with objective analysis of historic resources.

The stated purposes of the project are:

  • to define a vision and goals for the future of historic preservation in the City,
  • to define a system of prioritization and strategies to protect our historic resources,
  • to define means and methods to encourage historic preservation in Concord,
  • to determine the need for a new survey of historic resources, both within and outside the current districts,
  • and to develop a plan for the possible expansion of the City’s historic preservation districts

In addition, the plan has objectives of increasing awareness of and education about the City’s historic resources for constituents and community members, developing new and active local and regional partnerships in the historic preservation field, increasing engagement with local citizens on the topic of historic preservation, and increasing investment in local historic properties.


Please check back periodically for project updates.




Project Summary Update 10/18/19

Architectural Historian Laura Purvis of CRA, Inc., came to Concord in the spring of 2019 for site visits and documentation of historic resources. After staff received the draft report, the Preservation Plan Steering Committee met on October 4, authorized publishing the draft on concordnc.gov for public review and comment, and requested adding a preface describing the use of the document to the draft.

The architectural survey provides ideas for future preservation projects to include National Register nominations, local recognition, and outreach/education and provides guidance for future historic landmarks. It provides surveyed neighborhoods with a brief synopsis of their histories.

The Preservation Steering Committee established criteria for evaluating projects. Any local recognition projects will be driven by coordination with and interest from neighborhoods to determine what form is most appropriate and acceptable to the neighborhood. Planned implementation steps include seeking resources to implement the plan pursuant to neighborhood interest. However, for projects appearing lower on the prioritization list, neighborhoods could undertake the projects on their own.

Next steps:

  1. Public presentation of Architectural Survey is scheduled for November 6 at 4 PM in the City Council chambers. We anticipate recording this presentation.  
  2. A facilitated prioritization meeting of the Preservation Plan Steering Committee will be held on November 6 based on selected criteria.

Recommendations from the Architectural Survey:

Eight of the 28 examined neighborhoods were identified as potential National Register Districts, including Beverly Hills, Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill Village, Highland Park, Logan, Sidestown-Shankletown, Underwood Park, West Concord, and Wil-Mar Park. Brown-Norcott Mill Village, Gibson Mill Village, Odell-Locke-Randolph Mill Village, Union St. and South Union Boundary Expansion, were also potential National Register projects, but are already study-listed.

Local Historic Recognition was recommended for Beverly Hills, Cabarrus East & Mount Vernon Heights, Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill Village, Highland Park, Logan, Sidestown-Shankletown, Silver Hill, Underwood Park, West Concord & Young-Hartsell Mill Village, and Wil-Mar Park, as well as a number of individual resources.

The top three projects from the architectural survey were:

  • Revising the City’s website to provide more and better information about historic preservation tools and local resources
  • National Register Nomination for Logan
  • A mill village mapping project






This press release provides full background on the project and upcoming work. Additional releases will follow with information about the architectural and public engagement surveys. 


This presentation clarifies some historic preservation tools and strategies and vocabulary. Recommended reading prior to completing citizen engagement survey. 


Background and links on historic preservation tools and strategies. 


Historic Architectural Survey and Preservation Plan (public comments welcomed here)





Below are some examples of potential historic properties outside of the Historic Districts in the City of Concord.

Historic resources can be found throughout our community, and the Preservation Plan will be an important step in documenting historic properties outside our existing districts and developing strategies for future preservation efforts.


Staff Contact

Katherine Godwin
Senior Planner


Other Web Links


Map of Historic Resources - North Carolina Historic Preservation Office