Design Guidelines

In 2019, The City of Fredericksburg entered into a contract with HHM & Associates along with Winter & Company to create new design guidelines for historic properties. The guidelines are a guide for the community, City Staff, and the Fredericksburg Historic Review Board to use when evaluating the appropriateness of exterior changes to buildings and new construction proposed within the local historic district and local landmarks. A secondary, but equally important purpose of this document is to convey to the property owner the appropriate methods of improving their historic property. The guidelines are a resource for property owners, builders, architects and realtors to use in order to: 1) understand the reasons for; 2) the proper methods of; and 3) the overall benefits of historic preservation both to the individual and the community as a whole.

2nd DRAFT of Historic District Design Guidelines/Standards NOW AVAILABLE.

The first DRAFT of the new Historic District Design Guidelines was reviewed and comments were taken from the public during most of 2020. The HRB  made a recommendation on those comments/proposed changes at their December 15th meeting at 5:30 via Zoom. Those changes were incorporated into the 2nd Draft.

The HRB will review the 2nd Draft at their February 9th HRB meeting. Presentation made at HRB Meeting - summary of changes.

TAKE THE SURVEY! We need your feedback on the 2nd Draft. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.

May 4th 6:30 Zoom Webinar: Presentation with Q&A          

Join the Zoom Meeting with ID: 871 1880 6364

2nd Draft Comment Matrix - record your comments/proposed changes on this document and e-mail to Anna Hudson at

Current Design Guidelines (valid until replaced by new Design Guidelines)