Historic Preservation

Preservation in Athens-Clarke County

Due to the limitations placed by the Covid-19  Pandemic, applications for Certificates of Appropriateness that require approval at a public hearing can not be accepted. We will return to accepting these applications when conditions again allow for public hearings and assembly to occur safely. Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for projects that qualify for staff level approval will continue to be processed. Please contact staff for instructions on the submitting processes in place at this time.

Athens-Clarke County presently has a total of 15 local historic districts and 44 individual local historic landmarks. In order to protect the historic character of these properties (whether part of a district or individually recognized as a landmark), a Certificate of Appropriateness is required prior to making exterior changes to a property.

Follow the links below to learn more about historic designations, Certificates of Appropriateness and the benefits of preservation. Click on the link for the Historic Preservation Commission to learn about their duties, members and meeting schedule.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for regarding historic preservation in Athens, submit a question and we’ll get back to you.

Historic Preservation Commission Annual Report

Presented below is an analysis of the efforts from the the Historic Preservation Commission. We have provided statistics of cases that came before the board in a given year, case studies in preservation and training information. Our goal is to keep the public up to date on preservation matters, if you have any further questions please contact our preservation staff.


The Castalia Avenue Historic District was developed as infill between areas of earlier development. The western side of the street was developed between 1935 and 1942 while the eastern side of the street was developed between the late 1940s and the early 1960s on land that had previously been part of the rear yards of homes on Milledge Avenue. The architectural styles reflect those popular during the period of development for middle class homes.

The Milledge Circle Historic District is a planned residential development begun in 1915 at what was then an expanding part of town due to the nearby streetcar system. The neighborhood was developed over several decades for middle and upper-middle class property owners and reflects the architectural styles that evolved during that period of development from 1915 to 1949 and beyond.