13 Aug 2017


Living On The Hill: Capitol Hill Historic District

Whether you are new to the Hill or simply trying to remember what resources are available to you, we are here to help! Please enjoy and share our Living on the Hill guides, intended to help you find everything you need while visiting or living on Capitol Hill. We love to be a resource to our neighbors, so please send us a note through social media or to info@thehillishome.com if you have suggestions for additional guides.

Capitol Hill Historic District

In order to preserve the historic charm of Capitol Hill, various laws and regulations protect it – starting with the the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978. Because of this law, procedures are in place for the official designation and protection of buildings, structures, and sites, as historic properties. This allows for the Mayor or mayoral agent to review and permit any plans that involve the altering of any historic property.

You can find guidelines on building style, ironwork, windows, and doors through the Capitol Hill Restoration Society.

The Historic District Preservation Review Board, part of the District Office of Planning (OP), keeps an official Inventory of Historic Sites. You can access this database by visiting OP’s portal.

The Historical Society of DC opens its reference library to the public Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as select Saturdays. Prior appointments must be made. Visit 801 K St NW or call 202-249-3955 for more information.

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