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Architectural surveys document historic buildings, structures, cemeteries, and other elements of the built environment and may include the historic resources in a small area, such as a single community, or a large area, such as an entire county. The inventories developed during architectural surveys record the location, current condition, and construction materials of historic resources within the project boundaries. They are commonly used for preservation planning activities, including rehabilitation projects, community master planning, real estate development, road construction, historic preservation commission decisions, or other projects funded or overseen by government authorities.


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Vance County Architectural Survey

Vance County, North Carolina


This project is underway, so check back for updates.

report coming soon

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Person County Architectural Survey

Person County, North Carolina


This project is underway, so check back for updates.

report coming soon

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Muskegon County Civil Rights Resources Survey

Muskegon County, Michigan


This project is underway, so check back for updates. You can follow the project progress on the Current Projects page or at the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office's Civil Rights Movement and the African American Experience webpage here.

report coming soon

Vicksburg Historic District

Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, Michigan

The Village of Vicksburg was settled in the 1830s when two grist mills and a blacksmith shop were built on Portage Creek in southern Kalamazoo County. The village was laid out in a grid pattern in the 1840s, with commercial resources located nearest the original mills and residential buildings extending south from the commercial core. The village continued to grow, fueled by the arrival of the railroad and the establishment of the Lee Paper Company. 

click here to view the survey report

Northfield Township Reconnaissance Level Architectural Survey

Northfield Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan


Northfield Township is located north of Ann Arbor in southeastern Michigan and was first settled in the 1830s by newcomers from New England, Germany, and Ireland. The township includes the unincorporated village of Whitmore Lake, but it is primarily rural in character. This survey documented a number of farmsteads, rural and village homes, churches, cemeteries, and schools throughout the township. The oldest buildings date to the township's earliest days, including 1840s Greek Revival homes and agricultural outbuildings as old as the 1860s.

click here to view Volume I

click here to view Volume II

click here to view Volume III

click here to view the public information meeting

Greensboro African American Resources Architectural Survey

Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina


This project focused on resources related to Greensboro's African American community centered on Benbow Road. Segregation was strictly enforced in the city during the early and mid-twentieth century, and African Americans were relegated to the area southeast of downtown. The survey includes neighborhoods, churches, and schools, as well as private homes built for some of Greensboro most prominent African American leaders. (project with hmwPreservation)

click here to read the report

click here to view the StoryMap (by the City of Greensboro)

Wake Forest Architectural Survey Update

Wake Forest, Wake County, North Carolina


The Wake Forest Architectural Survey Update includes the documentation of buildings constructed between 19__ and 19__. These mid-twentieth-century resources are primarily located on the fringes of the existing historic district, and demonstrate the continued development of the town through that period. The survey documents primarily neighborhoods consisting of Colonial Revival, Ranch, and Contemporary styled homes, as well as several city-owned public housing developments and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary student housing developments. (project with hmwPreservation)

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Oxford Architectural Survey Update

Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina


The Oxford Architectural Survey Update includes both a resurvey of 280 buildings included in the existing National Register Historic District, listed in 1988, as well as a new survey of an additional 180 buildings located outside the historic district. The survey documents a wide variety of commercial, residential, and institutional buildings and neighborhoods, as well as architectural styles from the mid-nineteenth century through the 1970s. The goal of the project is to provide a comprehensive inventory of Oxford's historic resources for preservation planning, including future updates to the existing National Register Historic District and the designation of new historic districts. (project with hmwPreservation)

click here to read the report

Greensboro Central Business District Architectural Survey Update

Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina


The Downtown Greensboro Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and includes approximately 100 commercial buildings in the city's historic core. This project updates documentation of these buildings, noting any exterior alteration or building demolitions, and adds documentation of an additional 100 commercial buildings adjacent to the historic district. This expanded area includes many architecturally significant mid-century buildings, which have recently obtained the fifty-year age requirement for National Register consideration. (project with hmwPreservation)

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Turnipseed Nature Preserve Historic Resource Assessment

Wendell, Wake County, North Carolina


A Wake County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space received a federal grant to build boardwalks, hiking trails, and a parking lot for the Phase II portion of the Turnipseed Nature Preserve. Since the project was funded with federal money, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 was triggered, requiring an assessment of the impact of the project on historic resources within and adjacent to the park's boundaries.

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Wake County Architectural Survey Update

Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, & Falls Lake, Wake County, North Carolina


A comprehensive survey of Wake County was first completed 1988-1991, resulting in the publication of The Historic Architecture of Wake County. Now, nearly thirty years later, significant changes in the county warrant and update to this inventory. The project measures the impact of the construction of Falls Lake, Shearon Harris Lake, and I-540, as well as documenting resources from 1940-1970 for the first time. (project with hmwPreservation)

click here to read the report

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