Historic District Commission


Historic Preservation Officer

City Council Liaison


  • Trey Smith, City Attorney
  • Kirk Slone, Fire Chief
  • Brian Holstein, Director of City Development
  • Danielle Housenick, MSR Executive Director
  • Catherine Barrier, AHPP Certified City Government Coordinator
Meeting Time:
4th Thursday of the month
5:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers
203 S. Commerce Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801


Created by Ordinance 2011 on February 21, 2008, the Russellville Historic District Commission (RHDC) oversees the creation and operation of historic districts within the City of Russellville. The commission is made up of 9 members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.

One of the Commission’s primary duties is protection and enhancement of the Downtown Historic District  through reviewing all proposed exterior modifications to structures in the district. Any work that receives commission approval is granted a Certificate of Appropriateness, allowing applicants to continue the normal process of obtaining a Building Permit and other necessary approvals from the Russellville’s Public Works and Community Development Departments.

Other commission duties include conducting studies for identification of other historic sites or districts within the City of Russellville, acting as a point of contact for the public and for state and federal agencies in matters concerning historic preservation within the city, and making recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer for the listing of local historic sites or districts in the National Register of Historic Places.

Created by Ordinance 2023 (PDF) on June 12, 2008 and revised by Ordinance 2212 (PDF) on October 15, 2015, the Downtown Historic District is described as that area bounded by Arkansas Avenue on the east, Union Pacific Railroad on the north, El Paso Avenue on the west, and Second Street on the south.

Within the district, any proposed exterior work (other than normal maintenance) that will be visible from any public right-of-way must be submitted to the RHDC for review and approval. Any change made after issuance of approval by the RHDC must be resubmitted and approved in the same manner as the initial approval.  Applications to appear before RHDC are filed with the Historic Preservation Officer (HPO), who may be able to administratively approve minor projects. Design Guidelines for the District were adopted in August 2012 to provide a framework for RHDC decision-making.

The deadline for submittal of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for review and placement on that months agenda of the regular monthly meeting is 15 days prior to said regular meeting date.  More information on application deadlines and other submittal requirements is available from the HPO, Sara Jondahl by email.