Fredericksburg was founded May 8, 1846. Immigrant families, from what is now known as Germany, were given a town lot measuring 100' x 200' and a 10 acre outlot. Most families first build a log home or half-timbered fachwerk and later more substantial stone homes. Many of these stone homes are still standing. Subsequent generations also left their mark on the built environment as they built their businesses along Main Street (formerly known as San Saba). It is the duty of the Historic Preservation Officer and the Historic Review Board to protect historic properties within the local historic district and individual landmarks.
Certificate of Appropriateness Application.
The City requests applicants submit Certificates of Appropriateness via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once an application is submitted and reviewed, the Historic Preservation Officer will determine if the request can be approved administratively or if it requires HRB approval. An invoice will be created accordingly ($10 admin or $50 HRB) that can be paid online. All supporting documentation such as photos or drawings can be attached to the e-mail as jpegs or PDFs
To pay for Certificate of Appropriateness online please visit the Payment Portal.
Alterations to historic properties should be done in such a way so as to retain original material and features. The purpose of the adopted
is to provide information on rehabilitation and restoration to property owners BEFORE any decisions or work is done. The guidelines are based on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. When making a recommendation to the HRB, staff refers to Historic District Design Guidelines and Standards as adopted on July 19, 2021.
Is your property in the historic district? Check the City's zoning map.
List of Individual Landmarks Outside of Historic District.
2003 Survey with Ratings 2018 Survey
The Fredericksburg Historic Resources Survey Update is primarily a documentation and evaluation of all resources, regardless of age and architectural integrity, within the boundaries of the Fredericksburg Historic District.
These assessments should not be considered static, but can and should be changed to reflect the evolving status of properties. Since the scope of work did not include any site-specific historical research, the priority assessments may be upgraded if future research reveals significant historical or cultural associations.
A property's rating may also change if future rehabilitation efforts or alterations affect its historic architectural integrity.
Historic Preservation Ordinance
The Historic Preservation Ordinance and Design Guidelines/Standards are an effort by the City to maintain economic vitality, to protect property values, and to preserve the integrity and character of the historic properties in a manner of quality indicative of Fredericksburg.
Historic Review Board
Historic Preservation Officer