What are Historic District Commissions?

Oct 16, 2018

Connecticut is full of historic towns and sightings. With modern advances and population growth, it is important to preserve a sense of history and character, paying homage to the roots of each town. Settled in 1639, the town of Guilford is a testament to a place holding onto its small-town New England charm while the area continues to grow in popularity.   

Historic District Commissions enhance the town’s deep-rooted history and identity while carefully accommodating growth. They work to preserve and protect historically significant architecture, buildings, homes, and landscapes. Historic District Commissions are responsible for the following:

  • Making periodic reports to the legislative body
  • Initiating planning and zoning proposals
  • Commenting on applications for zoning variances
  • Assisting with any capital improvement program involving historic
  • Providing information to property owners involving the preservation of the district

Within Guilford’s downtown, there are two historic districts, the Guilford Town Center Historic District and the Whitfield Street Historic District. Guilford’s Historic District Commission is charged with monitoring these areas. For the full list of rules and regulations, click here.

The site for The Residences at 66 High Street falls within the Whitfield Historic District. Abiding by various rules and regulations set forth by the town, the project needed to fit with the fabric of historic Guilford. In the end, the renovated industrial Mill Building and the three new modern colonial buildings do just that.