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Historic Preservation in Albany

We're proud of our history and value our distinctive architectural and cultural resources. Albany's National Register of Historic Districts possess a significant concentration of buildings in a small geographic area like no other in the state of Oregon. The buildings represent a variety of architectural styles, craftsmanship and development patterns that helped shape our city and make it what it is today. The National Register is the official list of our nation's significant districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be worthy of preservation.

While scattered throughout the city, our architectural inventory is for the most part concentrated in three National Register Historic Districts - the Monteith, Hackleman,and the Downtown Commercial Historic Districts. Two were named for the families who joined the Oregon Trail in the 1840's and all three hug the Willamette River, the heartbeat of our city.

A portion of the Albany Municipal Airport is also a National Register Historic District.

Design guidelines for Albany's residential historic properties

The purpose of these guidelines is to help property owners and contractors choose an appropriate approach to issues that arise when working on historic buildings or properties so that projects satisfy the standards and review criteria in the Albany Development Code.

These guidelines are also intended to help property owners and others understand the special features and characteristics of Albany’s historic structures, and incorporate that understanding into designs for rehabilitation work, alterations, additions, and new construction.