Historic Prevention Commission
The historical, cultural and aesthetic heritage of the City of Arab, Alabama, is among its most valued and important assets. In order to provide for the designation, protection, preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties and historic districts, and to participate in federal and state programs to do the same, the Arab Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was established in January of 2013. Some of Arab’s most historic treasures have already been lost due to neglect or other causes. However, the Arab Historic Preservation Commission is endeavoring to keep what is significant from their community’s past for future generations to come.
Arab’s first accredited high school, built in 1922, is still there today.
This Place Matters
Historic Preservation Month is celebrated across the country each year during the month of May. The National Trust for Historic Preservation spear-heads the initiative, and thousands of people participate by holding events that promote the social and economic benefits of preserving historic places, while celebrating the diverse and unique heritage of the cities and states in our nation.
In May 2015, as part of Historic Preservation Month, the National Trust launched a “This Place Matters” campaign, to inspire conversation about preservation and why it’s important. The campaign provided a way to shine a spotlight on the special places that matter to each one of us, and encourages others to get involved by sharing photos of our most meaningful historic places. To join the national conversation, use hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters on all your social media platforms.
General Design Guidelines and Certificate of Appropriateness
In order to implement changes to the exterior of any building or structure within the boundaries of the Historical District, there are General Design Guidelines that must be adhered to.
If your building or structure is within the Arab Historical District (see below), you must submit an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission prior to beginning any work. Click here to download the application.