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The Preservation Chapel Hill’s Historic Plaque Program recognizes and designates historically and architecturally significant structures in our community.

Why Apply for a Plaque?

The Preservation Chapel Hill’s Historic Plaque Program recognizes and designates historically and architecturally significant structures in our community. Chosen structures receive a plaque and are also listed and described on the PCH website. Additionally, the information gained by going through the process of researching a house helps us to build our community accessible archive about historic Chapel Hill and to create programming for residents and visitors. Help preserve and mark the historic architecture of Chapel Hill by applying for a plaque for your home or place of business.


To be considered for a Preservation Chapel Hill Historic Plaque, properties must be 50 years or older and within the city limits of Chapel Hill.

Selection Process

The Preservation Committee of Preservation Chapel Hill’s Board of Directors reviews all applications for historic residence plaques. It is important to provide accurate dates, correct full names, and sources for all information included in your application. The Preservation Committee is willing to discuss and work with applicants to improve information, but first consideration will be given to well researched and well documented applications. The name on the plaque will be chosen by the committee. Whenever possible, buildings will be named for the original owner or a significant resident. Other owners or residents may be added if they occupied the building for a significant part of its history, made significant architectural changes to the building, or made important contributions to the history of Chapel Hill. The cost of a residential plaque is $150 for members and $300 for nonmembers. This covers manufacturing costs of the plaque and PCH staff time. Checks and money orders are payable to Preservation Chapel Hill. Plaques are awarded each May during Preservation Month.

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