Scottsburg Historic Review Board

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What is the Scottsburg Historic Review Board, and the Downtown Historic District?

The Scottsburg Historic Review Board (SHRB) was created by Ordinance 1995-4, signed into law by Mayor William H. Graham on March 6, 1995. The boundaries of the Downtown Historic District (see map below) were established through a separate ordinance the following year. The intent of the ordinance is to promote the cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation of structures and areas of historic and cultural importance within the City of Scottsburg.

Our entire community benefits from the preservation and revitalization of Scottsburg’s historic commercial core.  For this reason, the Historic Review Board is designed to assist owners who are contemplating alterations, demolition, or new construction.  The goal is to ensure the preservation and enhancement of the visual qualities of the historic district that are valuable to the community.

How does the Review Board operate?

The SHRB is a five-member, volunteer body. Members are appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council. All members have a personal or professional interest in historic preservation.

Regular meetings of the SHRB are held on the first Thursday of each month, at 6:00 PM, in the City Council chambers. The public is welcome to attend.

How does the application process work?

Any project involving new construction, demolition, or exterior alterations to a structure within the Downtown Historic District must be reviewed and approved in advance by the SHRB. Approval is granted in the form of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). COA application forms may be obtained through the office of Mayor, or downloaded HERE!

Applications must be submitted at least a week in advance of a meeting in order to be placed on the agenda for that meeting. Applicants should plan to attend the meeting at which their application will be reviewed, to answer any questions that the SHRB may have about the project.


What’s in the Design Guidelines, and why are they important?

Methods for dealing with older buildings often differ than those applicable to contemporary structures. Choosing the wrong treatment, or using the wrong materials, can cause serious, irreversible damage to irreplaceable historic properties.

Based on the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, the Scottsburg Historic District Design Guidelines outline specific procedures and time-tested methods for dealing with architectural features and common maintenance-related issues. The document serves a dual purpose, providing guidance both to property owners planning work and the SHRB as it reviews applications.

The SHRB has recently updated and expanded the design guidelines – see the new document HERE!

The Historic district reaches North to Kerton St, South to Cherry St, East to Second St, & West to the railroad tracks.

The Historic district reaches North to Kerton St, South to Cherry St, East to Second St, & West to the railroad tracks.