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The City of Greenville has five districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one Local Historic District, and 21 Local Landmarks.  There are additionally many non-designated properties across the City that could be eligible for historic designation.

Information about our designated areas is listed below.  If you are interested in researching the history of your property or applying for historic designation for your property, please contact the Preservation Planner at 329-4486. Applications for Local Landmark nomination are available here.

College View Historic District

Along with being a National Register Historic District, the College View Historic District is also a Local Historic District. Adjacent to the campus of East Carolina University, the College View Historic District consists of one of Greenville's largest and most intact early twentieth century residential areas, with numerous fine examples of Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic, Colonial Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, and Tudor Revival style houses.

The approximate boundaries of the District are East First Street to the north; Lewis Street to the east; East Fifth Street to the south; and Reade Street to the west (see: Map of College View Historic District). The designation of a local historic district provides for long-term preservation and utilization of historic resources.

Local Historic District designation encourages the purchase and rehabilitation of properties because the investment is protected from trends that might otherwise harm the character and vitality of a neighborhood. To preserve the historic character and flavor of the district, some rehabilitation work may require a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Local Landmarks

Along with the College View Historic District, there are 21 Local Landmarks, which are individually designated because of their significance in terms of history, prehistory, cultural importance, and architecture. Examples of Local Landmarks include the Greenville Municipal Building (201 West Fifth Street), the William H. Long House (200 East Fourth Street), King Simmons Lodge (505 West Fourteenth Street), and the Robert Lee Humber House (117 West Fifth Street). Owners of Local Landmarks are eligible to apply for a 50% annual deferral on city property taxes.

Recommendations for local landmark designation are made by the Historic Preservation Commission.  If you are interested in adding your property to the Commission's study list, please submit a Local Historic Landmark Application to staff.  City Council makes the final decision on which locations are given this honor.

The Wiley Cobb House was recently designated a Local Landmark by the Greenville City Council. See: story of the Cobb House.

National Register Historic Districts

The City of Greenville currently boasts five National Register Historic Districts: College ViewTobacco Warehouse, Commercial (Downtown), Skinnerville-Greenville Heights, and the Dickinson Avenue historic districts.

National Register designation is an honorary designation and does not regulate the appearance of structures contained within the district. State and federal rehabilitation tax credits are available for qualifying rehabilitative work. For more information, contact the Eastern Office of the State Historic Preservation Office at 252.830.6580.