Salisbury is known for its rich heritage of Piedmont architecture dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Domestic and commercial buildings from a variety of stylistic periods contribute to the distinctive character of the downtown and adjoining neighborhoods.
The city has taken a progressive approach to preserving historic resources, establishing itself at the forefront of preservation in North Carolina with the designation of its first historic district in 1975. Soon after, the City Council adopted a local historic overlay and established the Salisbury Historic Preservation Commission to oversee design review. In 1980, Salisbury was among the first five communities in North Carolina to begin participating in the National Trust Main Street Program. In 1994, Salisbury was designated a Certified Local Government with the State of North Carolina Historic Preservation Office.
Today the city’s historic inventory includes ten districts as well as seventeen individual buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Five of these districts, including the downtown, are also locally-designated with design review for alterations or major changes. This stewardship of the downtown and historic neighborhoods, in conjunction with federal and state tax incentives with substantial private investment, has resulted in an award-winning downtown and urban core that is revitalized, vibrant and authentic.
Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month in City Council Chambers, 217 South Main Street.