Historic Preservation

The City of Gainesville has five local historic districts, protecting more than 1,500 historic structures and 10 buildings listed individually on the Local Register of Historic Places. The Local Register was created as a means of identifying and classifying various sites, buildings, structures, objects and districts as historic and/or architecturally significant. City procedures for keeping the Register and design review for properties in a historic district or on the Local Register are set forth in Section 30-112 of the city’s Land Development Code.

Guidance for Residents of Historic Districts

Local Historic Districts

Please explore the city's historic districts using the interactive map below. Here you can find information such as the name and boundaries of each historic district and whether a building is either contributing or noncontributing.

Local Register Listings

Insert the info on the second tab of the attached excel chart.

National Register Listings

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archaeological resources. You can find out more online at https://www.nps.gov/nr/faq.htm.

Gainesville has four National Register Historic Districts and 34 buildings listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places.


 Site Name and Address
Year Built
Year Published to
National Register
A. Quinn Jones House
1013 or 1019 NW 7th Ave.
Bailey, Maj. James B., House
1121 NW 6th St.
 c 1850
Baird Hardware Company Warehouse
619 S. Main St.
 1905 1985
Boulware Springs Waterworks
3400 SE 15th St.
 1891, 1908
Cox Furniture Store
(Simonson Opera House, Edwards Opera House, New Baird Theater)
19 SE 1st Ave.
 1887 1994
Cox Furniture Warehouse
602 S. Main St.
 1914 1994
Dan Branch House
5707 SW 17th Dr.
 1965 2015
Dixie Hotel, Hotel Kelley
(John F. Seagle Building)
408 W. University Ave.
 1926, 1937
Hotel Thomas
(Sunkist Villa, Thomas Center)
306 NE 6th Ave.
Masonic Temple
(Masonic Order Lodge #41)
215 N. Main St.
 1909 1998
Matheson House
528 SE 1st Ave.
 1867 1973
McKenzie, Mary Phifer, House
617 E. University Ave.
 1895 1982
Old Gainesville Depot
203 Depot Ave.
 1907 1996
Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church
804 SW 5th St.
 1935 2005
Star Garage Building
119 SE 1st Ave.
 1903, 1917, 1931 1985
U.S. Post Office
(Hippodrome Theatre)
25 SE 2nd Place
 1909 1979
Weil-Cassisi House
3105 SW 5th Court
 1964 2015

Local Historic Districts

Pleasant Street Historic District Pleasant Street Historic District contains the oldest predominantly African-American residential area in Gainesville and the State's first designated as a historic district. Buildings include wood frame vernacular houses, Bungalows, Queen Anne, Colonial and Eastlake Victorian residences and two Romanesque churches.
Northeast Historic District Northeast Residential Historic District is one of the oldest residential areas in Gainesville. The original section was platted in 1854. The buildings in this 80-block area reflect architectural styles prevalent in Florida from the 1880s through the 1950s. The District includes the historic Duck Pond and Sweetwater Branch.
Southeast Historic District Southeast Gainesville Historic District has its origins in post-Civil War development. It includes Queen Anne style and Colonial Revival homes, as well as a French Second Empire home, all of which served as residences for downtown merchants and professionals at the turn of the century.
University Heights North Historic District University Heights Historic District - North reflects architectural styles prevalent in Florida from the 1920s to the early 1950s. The district and its significant concentration of historic buildings include the University Terrace and Florida Court subdivisions.
University Heights South Historic District University Heights Historic District - South includes the University Heights and University Place subdivisions. It reflects typical suburban residential growth patterns of Florida cities in the mid-twentieth century. It is located between the University of Florida and downtown.

The City of Gainesville was designated as a Preserve America Community in 2008, which recognizes the city's celebration and protection of our local heritage assets with economic development and community revitalization in mind.