Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since August 8, 1997. The Historic District of Monticello is formed by the commercial district in the center with residential neighborhoods radiating outwards. Six of the seven main roads leading to the town square are nearly identical two lane, tree lined streets with houses of varied architectural styles. The seventh road, Funderburg Drive is characterized by small lots with equally small houses, sometimes called saddlebag houses, situated a few feet back from the streets.
Certificate of Appropriateness
Residents and owners of property within the Monticello historic districts are required to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for any exterior changes to their property. There is a $5.00 application fee.
City of Monticello Design Guidelines were developed in 2000 through a Certified Local Government grant, the Monticello Design Guidelines were created to assist decision makers — property owners, developers, contractors, and commission members — in developing design solutions which satisfy Monticello’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. The guidelines provide guidance for rehabilitation of both residential and commercial structures as well as direction for new construction and site changes. Monticello Design Guidelines booklets are available free of charge from City Hall.
Monticello Design Guidelines booklets may also be viewed on-line here.
The purpose of the Monticello Historic Preservation Commission is to identify, designate, and protect resources in the city of Monticello that embody the city’s culture, history, architectural history, or prehistory; and to promote the use and conservation of these resources for the education, pleasure, and enrichment of the residents of Monticello and those who visit.
Created in 1988 by the Mayor and City Council, the Monticello Historic Preservation Commission is a 5-member board charged with preserving and protecting the city’s special heritage primarily though design review in the locally designated historic districts. The Mayor and City Council appoint the Commission. Membership is open to all Monticello residents.