Historic Districts and Your Neighborhood

Ordinance for Historic Districts Regarding Parking Cars on Lawns/Off-Street parking

This Ordinance will be presented to the Planning Commission on September 27, 2022. If you live in a historic district and would like the opportunity to comment regarding this change, please attend the Planning Commission meeting at 5:00PM. If the ordinance is passed by the Planning Commission and you missed that meeting, it will not be your last chance to comment. The ordinance will have to go before City Council for 1st reading and public hearing on November 1st at 6:00PM and the second and final reading will be November 15th at 6:00PM.

Please click here for the printable ordinance.

Please read through the Guidelines if you live in a Historic District and you plan on doing any work on your property. Also contact Kristy Barhite, the Planning Representative for Historic Preservation, at 615.444.3647 Ext. 2331 to discuss whether you will need a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Proposed Historic Overlay Districts and Landmark Designations

Information for the proposed historic overlay districts of West Main Street Historic District, Castle Heights Historic District, and the proposed landmarks

Proposed West Main Street Historic District

Public Notice Letter

Inventory of Buildings in Proposed District



Addition of approved 600 block of West Main Street District to be included in proposed district

Proposed Castle Heights Historic District

Public Notice Letter


Inventory of Buildings in Proposed District


Public Notice Letter

Lebanon's Historic Districts

Greenlawn Historic Distric
On November 18, 2014, The City of Lebanon established its first Historic District with the creation of the Historic Greenlawn District with the purpose of preserving the special historic value and style that is representative of the City of Lebanon. Consisting of twenty-one houses, it encompasses mostly Colonial Revival style and Tudor Revival style dwellings. The most famous is the two-story Colonial style Bone House. Although built in 1956, it contains remnants salvaged from other famous buildings in Lebanon, most notably the stone slabs from the Caruthers Hall Law Building.

Ordinance for Greenlawn Historic District
Greenlawn Architecture Descriptions
Greenlawn Map

E Spring Street Historic District
The City of Lebanon designated its second Historic District on November 17, 2015 with the formation of the East Spring Street Historic District. This street encompasses some of the oldest houses in the City dating from the 1900’s with special recognition to the Tinsley House. This Craftsman-Style Bungalow was built circa 1909 and at one time was a Pastorium for the First Baptist Church.

Ordinance for E Spring Historic District
E Spring Map

Cumberland University Historic Preservation District
The third and largest district in the City was recognized when it was approved on January 03, 2017 by City Council. The district encompasses over 80 acres with 146 houses of varying architectural styles. When Cumberland University moved to this location in 1892, the houses were built around it by the professors and townspeople and this neighborhood was born.

Ordinance for Cumberland University Historic Preservation District

Cumberland Map

Square Historic Preservation District
On June 4, 2019, the City of Lebanon established its fourth, and first, non-residential historic district with the formation of the Square Historic Preservation District. This district encompasses fifteen acres of non-residential properties on and around the downtown Square. The district includes the majority of the properties recognized as the Lebanon Commercial Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places.

National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places