ABOUT THE HISTORIC DISTRICT
The entire Fox Park neighborhood is encompassed
by the Fox Park Historic District. Below is a brief history and description of the historic district, a summary of the historic standards and guidelines which are in place in our neighborhood, and some details of the permit process which is involved.
In 1978, the Compton Hill Historic District was established, near by the Fox Park neighborhood, to the West. In the early 1980’s the Fox Park Neighborhood Association sought to extend that district into the Northern half of our neighborhood. The reason for this was that Fox Park residents desired to establish formal restoration standards which would serve to protect the architectural integrity of the neighborhood and encourage the redevelopment of vacant, derelict properties. On March 4, 1985, Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl signed into law the ordinance designating an extension of the local Compton Hill Historic District into the Northern half of the Fox Park neighborhood. The district amendment was certified by the Secretary of the Interior just three months later, on July 7, 1985. In 2003, again through a process initiated by the Fox Park Neighborhood Association, the portion of the Compton Hill Historic District situated within the Fox Park neighborhood was split off and renamed the “Fox Park Historic District,” and anew set of regulations and standards, based upon the different style of the buildings in our neighborhood, were developed and signed into law. In 2009, the Fox Park Neighborhood Association started a process to expand the Fox Park Historic District to also cover the Southern half of the neighborhood. That process culminated on February 3, 2011, when Mayor Francis G. Slay signed into law the ordinance expanding the boundaries of the Fox Park Historic District to encompass the entire neighborhood.
LIVING IN A HISTORIC DISTRICT
The following is a summary of the use and restoration standards for the Fox Park Historic District. The complete standards are set out in the “Development Plan for the Fox Park Historic District,” recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds, and also available for inspection in the Office of the Register and in the Office of the Building Commissioner. Persons with questions should contact the Cultural Review Office staff at 622-4099. In addition, the standards may be found online, on the Cultural Resources Office website.
There are three very important points you should know about the Fox Park Historic District:
1. Except concerning the stabilization of vacant buildings, the standards and regulations do not require the correction of any condition predating their enactment (which, for the Southern half of the neighborhood, would be whenever they are signed into law). Also, these standards will not prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of any exterior feature of your home which does not involve a change in design, material, color or outward appearance. This means the standards and regulations will not apply to you until you decide make changes to the exterior, street-visible, features of your home.
2. None of the standards and regulations affects anything inside the home. The focus of the standards and regulations is on exterior, street-visible, features of the home; these are regarded as “public facades” and “semi-public facades.”
3. Enforcement of the standards and regulations is driven by neighbors. Neither the City, nor the staff of the Cultural Resources Office or Preservation Board sends out inspectors to police the standards and regulations. They exist for the benefit of the neighbors, who are also responsible for complying with them and notifying the Cultural Resources Office (through, for instance, the Citizen’s Service Bureau) when they are not observed.