Historic Preservation

The City of Gainesville has five historic districts, protecting over 1500 historic structures. In addition, ten buildings outside the districts are listed individually on the national and local historic registers.

FAQs Living or Developing in a Historic District 
Please explore the city's historic districts using the interactive map below. Here you can find information such as the name and boundaries of each historic district and whether a building is either contributing or noncontributing.


 

Historic Districts of Gainesville
Pleasant Street Historic District Pleasant Street Historic District contains the oldest predominantly African-American residential area in Gainesville and the State's first designated as a historic district. Buildings include wood frame vernacular houses, Bungalows, Queen Anne, Colonial and Eastlake Victorian residences and two Romanesque churches.
Northeast Historic District Northeast Residential Historic District is one of the oldest residential areas in Gainesville. The original section was platted in 1854. The buildings in this 80-block area reflect architectural styles prevalent in Florida from the 1880s through the 1950s. The District includes the historic Duck Pond and Sweetwater Branch.
Southeast Historic District Southeast Gainesville Historic District has its origins in post-Civil War development. It includes Queen Anne style and Colonial Revival homes, as well as a French Second Empire home, all of which served as residences for downtown merchants and professionals at the turn of the century.
University Heights North Historic District University Heights Historic District - North reflects architectural styles prevalent in Florida from the 1920s to the early 1950s. The district and its significant concentration of historic buildings include the University Terrace and Florida Court subdivisions.
University Heights South Historic District University Heights Historic District - South includes the University Heights and University Place subdivisions. It reflects typical suburban residential growth patterns of Florida cities in the mid-twentieth century. It is located between the University of Florida and downtown.

The City of Gainesville was designated as a Preserve America Community in 2008, which recognizes the city's celebration and protection of our local heritage assets with economic development and community revitalization in mind.