Architectural Review Board


The purpose of the Architectural Review Board is to review all requests for exterior changes to historic structures and surface improvements to historic properties to ensure the planned improvements are consistent with the architectural and historical character of the individual structure and the neighborhood in which it is located. This is to provide for property improvements while preserving and protecting the uniqueness of the neighborhood and the investment of the property owners.

All planned improvements to historically designated properties must have prior approval of the Architectural Review Board even if a building permit is not required.

This includes ALL double paned window replacements.  The staff approvable list has expired, and due to misconceptions on handling window replacements, any double paned window requires approval from the Architectural Review Board.  A matching, single pane, true divided lite replacement would be a replacement in kind, and is the ONLY window that can be replaced without ARB approval, but still requires an application to be approved by staff.

The Architectural Review Board meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Hearings are held at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Auditorium at 103 N. Perry St. (City Hall).


 Elizabeth Brown, Chairman   Barrett Penney
 Katie Williams, Vice-Chairman    David Payne
 Cedric Campbell    Jeremy Kelly
 John Foshee    Khalia Bell
 Jon Hayden    



Individually designated buildings do no appear on the Historic Districts maps.  Maps should only be used as a guide for the historic districts.  Please contact our office at (334)625-2722 to verify whether a location is historically designated.


Capitol Heights Historic District (includes Capitol Heights, Capitol Parkway, St. Charles, and Winona)

Cloverdale Historic District

Cloverdale-Idlewild Historic District

Cottage Hill and Cottage Hill Annex

Garden District (includes South Highland Court)

Highland Avenue Historic District

Lower Commerce Street Historic District

North Hull Historic District

Powder Magazine Historic District


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