Preserving in Staunton’s Historic Districts

It’s all about maintaining your property and neighborhood.


In 1996, five of Staunton Historic Districts were chosen by the citizens of Staunton to have a zoning overlay to ensure changes made to properties respect the historic character of the architecture and of the neighborhood. Staunton’s historic neighborhoods are being revitalized through building rehabilitation and city infrastructure improvements. Ever since the citizens of Staunton designated the historic districts and City Council passed the Preservation Ordinance, property values have both grown and stabilized, and in some cases, the values have outpaced those in most other areas of the City.


To make it easier for you to understand how to maintain, enhance, and rehabilitate the character of your historic property, the City adopted Residential Historic District Design Guidelines: Staunton, Virginia  that follow the widely accepted Secretary of Interior Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation.


Historic Staunton Foundation is available to help homeowners and building owners understand the guidelines and how they apply to their project. This is a free service by appointment only. Contact Frank Strassler at [email protected] for more information.