Historic Preservation

Why are there Historic Preservation Regulations?
The City of Monroe has declared as a matter of public policy that the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of improvements or sites of special character or special architectural, archaeological or historic interest or value is a public necessity and is required in the interest of the health, prosperity, safety and welfare of the people. 

The purpose of the adopted regulations is to:

  • Effect and accomplish the protection, enhancement, and preservation of such improvements, sites and districts which represent or reflect elements of Monroe's cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history. 
  • Safeguard Monroe's historic, prehistoric and cultural heritage, as embodied and reflected in such historic structures, sites and districts.
  • Stabilize and improve property values, and enhance the visual and aesthetic character of Monroe. 
  • Protect and enhance Monroe's attraction. 

Criteria for Historic Structure, Historic Site and Historic District Designation
A historic structure, historic site, or historic district designation may be placed on any site, natural or improved, including any building, improvement or structure located thereon, or any area of particular historic, architectural, archaeological or cultural significance to the City, such as historic structures, sites or districts which: 5-17-4(A)

  • Exemplify or reflect the broad cultural, political, economic or social history of the Nation, State or community; or 
  • Are identified with historic personages or with important events in National, State or local history; or
  • Embody the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural type or specimen inherently valuable for a study of a period, style, method of construction, or of indigenous materials or craftsmanship; or 
  • Are representative of the notable work of a master builder, designer or architect who influenced his or her age; or 
  • Have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important to prehistory or history. 

The Commission shall adopt specific operating guidelines for historic structure, historic site and historic district designation providing such are in conformance with the provisions of this Chapter. 

Are there any designated historic districts in Monroe?
Yes, the City of Monroe has established one historic district in the downtown area that is subject to the Historic Preservation Regulations. A “Historic Preservation Plan for the Downtown Historic District” has been adopted with specific operating guidelines. 

At such time as a historic structure, site or district has been properly designated, the Commission, in cooperation with the property owner, may cause to be prepared and erected on such property at the City’s expense, a suitable plaque declaring that such property is a historic structure, site or district.