Architectural Survey Records & Reports

Architectural Survey Records
Survey files, containing written materials and photographs and organized by county, are maintained at the Survey and National Register Branch, State Historic Preservation Office, in Raleigh and at the Western Office of the Office of Archives and History, along with survey project reports and detailed maps showing the location of every recorded property. The survey database is organized by county, property name, and site number. The extensive collection of survey files, maps, photographs, and reports constitutes a research and reference source on the state's architecture and history, as well as providing private citizens, preservation organizations, and government agencies with a guide to the historic places that merit recognition and protection. All designated properties and districts and most surveyed properties have been mapped in a Geographic Information System (GIS) which is available to the public online at http://gis.ncdcr.gov/hpoweb. Survey records are also available in local repositories.

The HPO is systematically posting architectural survey reports that have not been edited for survey publication manuscripts. All survey reports that have been submitted digitally (those written since ca. 2004) are posted. Earlier reports for surveys that have not been published, some prepared as a National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form, are being scanned and posted as time permits. Some of the reports prepared as MPDFs have not been submitted to the National Register; most of those that have been accepted by the National Register were submitted at least a year after the survey was completed and thus have dates on the MPDF that are different from the end date of the survey shown below.

Architectural Survey Reports
An important component of every architectural survey is the report that is prepared at the end of the project. The survey report describes and analyzes the historic architecture of the survey area within relevant historic contexts. Over the many years of the State Historic Preservation Office’s survey program, the reports have taken a number of forms. Some of the reports have separate sections on the survey area’s architecture and history while other blend the discussions of the area’s historical and architectural development. From the mid-1980s into the first decade of the twenty-first century, most of the reports were prepared as a Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF), a National Park Service “cover” report that presents an area’s historic contexts and property types in a manner that simplifies the future preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations for properties identified by the survey as potentially eligible for National Register listing. All of the reports are on file at the State Historic Preservation Office. Reports that were prepared in a digital format (from ca. 2004 to the present) and have not been published are posted on this web site; earlier reports for unpublished surveys, including those prepared as MPDFs, are being scanned and posted as time permits.(Click here to access PDFs of survey reports posted thus far; click here to access PDFs of MPDFs posted thus far.)

Reports for county and municipal surveys are listed alphabetically by county and survey area. A report for a thematic study confined to a single county is also included with the list for that county.  All thematic and multi-county reports are listed as thematic projects after the county and municipal surveys.

See also the Multiple Property Documentation Form list for those counties for which MPDFs have been prepared and are posted online. 
 

ALAMANCE COUNTY
Alamance County Architectural Heritage (1980 Survey)
Alamance County Survey Update (Historic Contexts), 2002
Alamance County Survey Update (Property Types), 2002
Alamance County Architectural Inventory, 2014, posted by the Alamance County Historic Properties Commission

ALEXANDER COUNTY
Alexander County Survey, 1987

ASHE COUNTY
Ashe County Survey, 2008

BEAUFORT COUNTY
Beaufort County Municipalities Survey, 2009
Comprehensive Architectural Survey of Beaufort County: Phases II and III (Rural) FinalReport

BERTIE COUNTY
Bertie County Survey, 2010

BRUNSWICK COUNTY
Brunswick County Survey, 2010

BUNCOMBE COUNTY
Asheville Architectural Survey Update, Phase I, 2011
Asheville Architectural Survey Update, Phase II, 2011
Black Mountain Survey, 2007

CALDWELL COUNTY
Caldwell County Survey, 1987
City of Lenoir Survey, 2018

CARTERET COUNTY
Carteret County Survey, 2012

CATAWBA COUNTY
Hickory Survey Update, 2015

COLUMBUS COUNTY
Columbus County Reconnaissance Survey, 1998

CUMBERLAND COUNTY
Fayetteville Municipal Survey, 2001
Fayetteville Modern Architectural Survey, 2009

CURRITUCK COUNTY
Currituck County Survey, 2010

CURRITUCK and DARE COUNTIES
Currituck Banks, North Banks, and Roanoke Island Survey, 2003

DAVIDSON COUNTY
Thomasville Survey, 2004

DURHAM COUNTY
Durham County Survey, 1991
Architectural and Historical Resources at Stagville, 1980 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY
Tarboro Survey, 1979

FORSYTH COUNTY
Forsyth County Survey Update, 2007
Forsyth County Survey Update, 2008
Forsyth County Survey Update, 2009
The Bethania Freedmen’s Community (Forsyth County), 2012
Forsyth County’s Agricultural Heritage, 2012

FRANKLIN COUNTY
Franklin County Survey Update, 2015

GASTON COUNTY
Gaston County African American Resources Survey, 2000

GUILFORD COUNTY
Greensboro Survey Update, Phase I-A, 2007
Greensboro Survey Update, Phase I-B, 2008
Greensboro Survey Update, Phase II: South Greensboro and Lake Daniel, 2009
Greensboro Survey Update, Phase II: 1940-1970 Reconnaissance Survey, 2009
High Point Industrial Resources Survey, 2014

HARNETT COUNTY
Harnett County Survey, 2008

HAYWOOD COUNTY
Haywood County Survey, 1983

HENDERSON COUNTY
Henderson County Survey, 1980
Hendersonville Survey, 1988

HERTFORD COUNTY
Hertford County Survey, 2011

IREDELL COUNTY
Mooresville Survey, 2016

JACKSON COUNTY
Cashiers Survey Phase 2, 2014

LENOIR COUNTY
Lenoir County Survey Update (North of US 70, 2010)
Lenoir County Survey Update (South of US 70, 2010)

MACON COUNTY
Macon County Survey, 1993

MECKLENBURG COUNTY
Mecklenburg County Survey, 1988
Charlotte Post-WWII (1945-1965) Survey, 2000
Charlotte Industrial and Institutional Survey, 2001
Mecklenburg County African American Resources Survey, 2002
Charlotte Survey Phase I, 2014
Charlotte Survey Phase II, 2014

MOORE COUNTY
Southern Pines Historic District Survey Update, 2010

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
Northampton County Survey, 2010

ORANGE COUNTY
Orange County Student Survey, 1976
Orange County Survey, 1993
Orange County Survey Publication Manuscript, 1996
Chapel Hill Township Survey (Outside Municipalities), 1992
Architectural Survey and National Register Evaluation of St. Mary's Road, Orange County, 1999
Hillsborough Architectural Survey, 2017

PENDER COUNTY
Pender County Survey, 1997
Penderlea Survey, 2012

PITT COUNTY
Greenville Survey Update, 2010

POLK COUNTY
Downtown Tryon Survey, 2008

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
Rockingham County Survey, 2003

STOKES COUNTY
Stokes County Survey, 1989

WAKE COUNTY
Cary Survey Update, 2014
Raleigh Survey Phases I and II, 1989-1991
Raleigh Survey Phase III, 1992
Raleigh Survey Update (1945-1965), 2006 (Note: The MPDF accepted by NPS and posted elsewhere on this site is an edited version of a portion of the survey report)
Raleigh Survey Update, 2016-2017
Raleigh African American Neighborhoods, 1988
Reconnaissance Survey Report for Non-Residential Raleigh, 2017
Wake County Survey Update, Phases I & II, 2007
Wake County Municipalities Survey Update, 2015: Apex, Fuquay-Varina, and Holly Springs
Wake County Municipalities Survey Update, 2016: Knightdale, Rolesville, and Wendell
Wake County Survey Update, Phase III, 2017: Apex, Fuquay-Varina, and Holly Springs Service Areas, Falls Non-urban Service Area

WASHINGTON COUNTY
Plymouth Survey, 1990

WATAUGA COUNTY
Watauga County Survey, 2003

YANCEY COUNTY
Yancey County Survey, 1981

THEMATIC and MULTI-COUNTY PROJECTS
The Architecture of the Department of Defense (nationwide), 2011
The Bethania Freedmen’s Community (Forsyth County), 2012
Charlotte Industrial and Institutional Survey, 2001
Forsyth County’s Agricultural Heritage, 2012
Historic Schools Context (Cleveland, Henderson, Polk, and Rutherford Counties), 2015
Historic Store Context (Burke, Caldwell, Cleveland, McDowell, and Rutherford Counties), 2011
Rosenwald Schools in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, and Wilson Counties, 2007