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Ellen Butler


Belmont Heights has two distinct historic districts.  First, The Belmont Heights Historic District was signed by the city in 2002 in the designated areas between 7th to 4th, and Newport to Roswell; and second is the Eliot Lane Historic District, signed in 2003.  Many homes in our neighborhood were developed in the first decades of the 20th century with some victorian homes remaining.  Although the Craftsman Bungalow style is most dominant, many other historic styles including Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and Neo-traditional can be found in the area.


A historic district is an area containing groups of older houses that are intact and unaltered.  A collection of these homes preserves the visual qualities and ambiance of the past.  Historic district status encourages neighborhood pride, protects the value of an owner’s investment, and tends to attract homeowners who appreciate the qualities, craftsmanship and design in older homes.  


The Cultural Heritage Commission uses architectural guidelines created by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Buildings with the intent of understanding and respecting original character of a historic structure and to change it as little as possible.  Repair is always preferable to replacement.  


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