Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation brochureIf you own a home or building in Avalon that is at least 50 years old, apply to put it on Avalon's Register of Historic Places!

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This program is intended to recognize Avalon buildings – homes, businesses, public buildings, and other structures – that are more than 50 years old and have retained their original character. To participate, you are asked to submit an application, which staff can help you complete. The Borough’s Historic Preservation Committee reviews the applications.

If your application is accepted, you receive the following:
• Placement on the Avalon Register of Historic Places, a list of all structures that have received the designation, and the right to use or refer to that title.
• Certificate indicating your building’s acceptance into the program.
• Recognition in the Avalon History Center/Historical Society newsletter.
• Priority consideration for inclusion on Historical Society’s House Tour.
• If you wish, inclusion on a “Walking Tour” map of Avalon locating historic structures.
You also are entitled to hang a plaque on your home or building indicating its historic status. For a fee of $70, the official “Avalon Historic Register” plaque indicating the building’s year of construction will be ordered for you. The cast plaque is 16” x 10”. You will be contacted by the Avalon History Center regarding this option. Please do not submit any fees with your application.

What are the requirements?

All three components are required. Please let History Center Staff know if you need assistance with your application.

1. This property was built or established 50+ years prior to the date of application. (Staff can check Avalon’s tax records for you in order to certify this aspect. If building is not included there, please attach documentation: deed, tax document, construction bills, etc. which indicate construction date.)

2. This property meets one of the following criteria:
-Associated with a person, institution, or event considered important to Avalon’s history.
-Exemplifies a distinctive architectural style. (Attach a brief statement justifying the above.)

3. The property’s historic character is intact to the extent that the original site or structure is visually recognizable. Attach a current photo, along with an early photograph (if available) which depict important visual characteristics. (Additional attachments indicating the historic significance of the property are welcomed.)