Designation Criteria

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himmarsheeAccording to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s historic preservation ordinance or code, the criteria for the designation of a local landmark or district must be based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Its value as a significant reminder of the cultural or archaeological heritage of the city, state, or nation.
  • Its location as a site of a significant local, state, or national event.
  • Its identification with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the development of the city, state, or nation.
  • Its identification as the work of a master builder, designer, or architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the city, state, or nation.

The building, site, structure or group of buildings has significant architectural or aesthetic significance if it has the following attributes:

  • The value of the building is recognized for the quality of its architecture, and sufficient elements showing its architectural significance.
  • Its distinguishing characteristics of an architectural style valuable for the study of a period, method of construction, or use of indigenous materials
  • Its character as a geographically definable area possessing a significant concentration, or continuity of sites, buildings, objects or structures united in past events
  • Its character as an established and geographically definable neighborhood, united in culture, architectural style or physical plan and development.

Utilize the Historic Designation Application and follow instructions outlined to apply for the historic designation of an individual structure or district. Designation applications may be initiated by a motion of the Historic Preservation Board, a resolution of the City Commission, the property owner(s), or a non-profit organization with a recognized interest in historic preservation. 

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