Historic Preservation Board
The Old Town neighborhood of Brunswick was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District in April of 1979. Residents of the area lobbied the City of Brunswick for a historic preservation ordinance and in 1999 the Mayor and Commission of the City of Brunswick passed ordinance number 939, creating the Brunswick Historic Preservation Board (BHPB). Following is the preamble to the ordinance which states the purpose of the ordinance:
"The City of Brunswick, in support and furtherance of its findings and determination that historic, cultural and aesthetic resources of Brunswick are among its most valued and important assets and that preservation of this heritage is essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity and general welfare of the people; In order to provide a uniform process for providing guidance to owners of historic property in making material changes through the approval of Certificates of Appropriateness, In order to stimulate revitalization and reinvestment in the central business district and residential areas of the City of Brunswick and to protect and enhance local historical, cultural, and aesthetic attractions to tourists and thereby promote and stimulate business;"
The Brunswick Downtown Development Authority has been charged with staff duties for the BHPB, and acts as the Board's secretary. The ordinance states that any changes to the exterior of a structure require that the property owner must submit to the Board an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness. These changes include: fence installation, window replacement, and patios. General maintenance such as: replacing rotted wood (with the same material), painting and re-roofing do not require a Certificate.
Applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness, copies of the Brunswick Guidelines and copies of the Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines may be downloaded from the links below or picked up from the DDA office. The DDA staff will be happy to answer your questions and can be reached at 912-265-4032.
The Brunswick Historic Preservation Board is currently working with Downtown building owners on a Historic Plaque program. The program will recognize our historic structures in the business district. The plaques are a 10 x 8 cast bronze oval with the clock tower logo seen on the "Old Town Historic District" signs. the plaques will state the date of construction or the name (if known) & date. The cost of the plaque is $300. there are a limited number of $150 matching grants available from the Magnolia Garden Club to offset the cost of the plaques. The Plaque Order Form is available HERE, and the Grant Application is available HERE. This program is currently only available for commercial buildings in the Historic Downtown area. A similar program for residences is in the planning stages.