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Albany Dougherty Historic Preservation

Board Members:

 Greg Fullerton, Chair City 
 Francis M. Wakeford, III, Vice Chair      County
 Lacy Lee County
 Valerie Buchanan City
 Rosemary Hamburger City
 Deborah Riley City
 Jay Ventulett County
 Anne Wilson County

Historic Preservation Commission

The Albany-Dougherty Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was established by the City and County Commissions to administer the Historic Preservation Ordinance, which was adopted in 1996. The HPC is made up of eight citizens appointed by the City and County Commissions, who meet the first Wednesday of each month to review proposals for exterior alterations, new construction, and demolition of buildings in the Local Historic District. Being in the Historic District does not require property owners to make any improvements to their buildings. However, when exterior work is desired, it must be reviewed by the Planning Staff to determine if it needs to go to the HPC for their review. Interior alterations, paint color and the use of buildings are not subject to the review of the Preservation Commission.

Owners who wish to make exterior alterations should contact the Historic Preservation Planner on the staff of the Planning & Development Services Department (229-438-3933). Maintenance and repair work can often be approved administratively by the staff, while other items must be reviewed by the HPC through the Design Review Process.

The HPC uses the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation as the basis of its review. Locally adopted design guidelines are based on the guidance of the Secretary’s Standards. The overall goal of the local district and the design guidelines is to retain the distinctive and historic character of Albany without placing undue financial burdens or time delays on building owners. The guidelines can be used to plan an exterior renovation project. In addition, the HPC and its staff will personally assist building owners in the Historic District.

Design Review Process

Property owners are encouraged to contact HPC staff to discuss their projects to determine what level of review might be necessary. Staff can explain Albany’s design guidelines and the standards of design required for a planned project.

In general there are three levels of review in the Local Historic District:

  1. No review required-for interior changes and paint color.

  2. Administrative Review-this is a staff level review that does not have to go before the HPC. Items such as routine maintenance and repair can be approved administratively. Other minor changes that can be approved by staff include:

    • Roofing (retaining original design and material type), gutters, downspouts
    • Fences that don’t impact the historic character of the property; retaining walls
    • Backyard improvements, paving, decks & patios not visible to public right-of-way
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Windows and Doors within existing openings (No vinyl-retain original size/design)
    • Siding and masonry repairs using like materials
    • Porch rails, decking and skirting (retain original design)
    • ADA compliant ramps
    • Signage
    • Awnings and Canopies
  3. Review by the Historic Preservation Commission-the HPC reviews all major changes to the exterior of structures located in the local Historic District. Applications are discussed at monthly meetings (usually the first Wednesday of each month) and approvals are called “Certificates of Appropriateness” or COAs. The HPC makes every effort to work with applicants to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. The overwhelming majority of applications for COAs are approved with minor if any changes.

Art Contest

This contest is an invitation to youth to explore and appreciate Albany’s significant historic resources by portraying a historic property in their preferred artist medium. Buildings are considered historic if they are at least 50 years old (built in 1965 or before). Students are encouraged to depict a historic building or site that has personal meaning to them.

  • Deliver artwork on Friday, March 31,2017
  • Art will be judged by representatives of the Albany Area Arts Council
  • Students are invited to participate in our local contest. Artwork, portraying a historic Albany resource, will be judged and be eligible for awards. The first prize artwork is a purchase award ($350 for  Grand Prize) and will become pert of the City of Albany's permanent collection.
  • An awards presentation will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Albany Area Arts Council.
  • 2nd place will receive $100 and 3rd place $50
  • Artwork will be accepted from the following media: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, metal work, graphic design, mixed media and crafts.  ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL. 
  • Oil or acrylic paintings may be framed; two-dimensional work on paper should be matted and covered with acetate or shrink wrap.
  • Entrants may submit two works of art in each medium with a maximum of three entries per person.
2016 Winner
Hadden Kelly
Albany Theatre
107 N. Jackson St.
Pictured (L to R) Greg Fullerton, Hadden Kelly, Mayor Hubbard.

The complete contest rules can be found Check out this YouTube video for examples of historic resources in Albany and Dougherty County.





















Art Contest Slide Show  



Historic Preservation Ordinance  Historic District Map  Historic District Address List
Historic Preservation Commission Application Checklist
Application for Certificate of Appropriateness
Application for Demolition/Removal
Verification of Ownership
National Register of Historic Places
Albany Design Guidelines
Art Contest 2016-2017 
Proposed Historic District Expansion Draft