Historic Districts & Properties

Local Historic Districts

There are three local historic districts in High Point:

  • Johnson Street - High Point's first local historic district, designated in 1987, it is the best-preserved part of the city's first suburban subdivision built in 1907. It is approximately 14 acres and is comprised of 46 properties located on both sides of Johnson Street from E. Parkway Ave. to just south of E. Lexington Ave.
  • Sherrod Park - Designated in 1991, this district features homes with Tudor, Craftsmen, and Colonial Revival influences and eclectic mixtures of those and other architectural styles. It is approximately 18 acres and is comprised of 66 properties located along Woodrow Ave. from N. Hamilton St. to Forrest St.
  • West High Avenue - This small district designated in 2007 contains the oldest documented building surviving in the downtown area. It is approximately 5 acres and is comprised of seven properties located in the 400-500 block of W. High Ave. (originally W. High St.) and the 100 block of Oak St.

National Register Historic Districts

There are a total of six national register historic districts in High Point, two of which are also local historic districts:

  • Oakwood - This district is a small, compact three-block corridor with a well-preserved representative collection of early, pre-suburban 20th century residential structures. It is approximately 12 acres and is comprised of 36 structures north of E. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and south of Ferndale Blvd. along Oakwood St.
  • Sherrod Park (also local) - The national district boundary is the same as the local historic district described above and was established at the same time in 1991. It is characterized by Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival residences popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
  • West High Street (also local) - This is another local historic district that matches the National Register Historic District boundary and both were established in 2007. It includes 11 resources and is approximately 5 acres and features some of the city's best examples of Queen Anne and Colonial Revival style houses.
  • Washington Street - One of the city's more recent National Register Districts established in 2010, it contains a collection of early to mid-20th century buildings associated with High Point's African-American community. It is approximately 29 acres and is comprised of 41 properties bordering Washington St. from Centennial St to Moon Place.
  • Uptown Suburbs - Established in 2013, this district covers 60 blocks including Johnson Place, Roland Park, The Parkway, Sheraton Hill, and Emerywood developments. A relatively large district that spans over 330 acres, it has a total of 953 resources, of which 773 are considered contributing to the historic character of the district.
  • Highland Cotton Mills Village - The city's most recent National Register Historic District, established in 2014, it includes both industrial and residential historic properties in the southwest section of the downtown. The focal point is Highland Cotton Mills accompanied by the mill office, Methodist church, and nine streets of mill houses. It is approximately 69 acres and is comprised of 254 resources.

For more information about a historic district click on the name of the district to view a copy of the original nomination report, or visit the City's Historic Preservation webpage by clicking here.


Historic Landmark Properties

There are approximately 20 Guilford County landmark designated properties in High Point with architectural or historic significance. Landmark properties fall under the governance of the Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission. Click here to view a table with information about these properties.

Other Survey Resources

Historic Industrial Properties Survey - completed for the City in 2014 by architectural historian Laura Phillips, this survey focused on High Point’s industrial past from the late 19th century through 1964 and involved researching, locating and photographing various industrial sites, primarily within the 11-square-mile urban core.

The Architecture of High Point, North Carolina - A History and Guide to the City’s Houses and Public Buildings by Benjamin Briggs is a comprehensive survey of the historic resources of central High Point and is available from the Planning & Development Dept. and High Point Museum

To access the NC Historic Preservation Offices' interactive map showing High Point's historic districts and properties click on the image below. This will take you to a map of the state. To zoom to High Point click on the "Zoom to Places" icon at the bottom, then "Zoom to Incorporated Town" and enter High Point in the query criteria. You can then close the box to make it easier to view the map.

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