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City Historic Districts

Wilmington has sufficient historic resources to have 11 regular City Historic Districts. These districts include Baynard Boulevard, Kentmere Parkway, Rockford Park, Cool Spring/Tilton Park, the tri-part district of Eastside–St. Mary's–Old Swedes, Quaker Hill, Delaware Avenue, Trinity Vicinity, and Upper & Lower Market Street (a combined commercial and residential district).

Maps are PDF documents.
Baynard Boulevard Upper & Lower Market Street
Cool Spring/Tilton Park Quaker Hill
Delaware Avenue Rockford Park
Eastside–St. Mary's–Old Swedes Trinity Vicinity
Kentmere Parkway  

City Historic District (CHD) status is overlay zoning, and has the power of law in regulating any external work on any building in these 11 districts. ANY exterior work – roofing, masonry, windows, doors, trim, adding or removing rooms or porches or decks, sidewalks or steps – must be reviewed by the Department of Planning and potentially the Wilmington Design Review and Preservation Commission (DRPC) before a building permit can be issued. Download the Wilmington Design Review & Preservation Commission Design Review Proposal (PDF).

Some of the districts have printed guidelines which can be obtained by contacting the Department of Planning at 576-3100. The guidelines for all of the City Historic Districts have their basis in the Federal Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation

Questions? Call Planning's DRPC Coordinator at 576-3113.

The form on this page is in PDF format and requires Acrobat Reader to view & print. Need Acrobat Reader? Download a free version here.



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