The Mission of the Historic Preservation Board is to advocate and facilitate partnerships in the preservation of Historic Kissimmee.
The Historic Preservation Board meets on the second Monday of each month at Kissimmee City Hall, located at 101 Church Street. Meetings begin at 5:15 p.m.
The City of Kissimmee Designated as a Certified Local Government
The Certified Local Government (CLG) program is a nationwide effort to help cities preserve their historic resources through technical assistance and minimal grants from the Historic Preservation Fund. The Florida State Historic Preservation Office is directed to reserve 10% of its annual federal allocation strictly for CLGs. Currently there are only 50 other CLGs in the State of Florida. The Historic Preservation Board will be discussing ways in which Kissimmee can utilize this program.
Historic Preservation Programs and Projects
Historic Overlay Districts
There are currently two Historic Overlay Districts within the City of Kissimmee: The National Register Overlay District, covering a portion of Downtown Kissimmee and the South Beaumont Local Overlay District, established in 2003, which consists of approximately 100 structures.
National Register Historic District
South Beaumont Historic Preservation Overlay District
What's the Difference?
A National Register District is made up of a conglomeration of historic structures, both residential and commercial, which have a distinctive architectural or historic character. This district is placed on the National Register of Historic Places, a list compiled by the National Parks Service that recognizes thousands of structures throughout the U.S. While this is a unique honor for the City of Kissimmee and a major attraction for visitors to the area, it is not regulated by the City.
The local historic overlay district, however is recognized and regulated on a local level, which means the buildings within it have many more protections than those in the National Register District. The local district is created by the property owners within it, many of whom form a committee to establish specific design standards tailored to that district.
Local Landmark Designation
The designation of Local Landmark is one of the highest honors the City of Kissimmee can give to a historic structure. A structure is declared a landmark for its unique architectural style, its quality of construction, its association with figure that plays an important role in the City's past, and/or its possession of archeological artifacts.
This designation places a great deal of protection on the property in it's implementation of a longer waiting period for the potential demolition of the structure and the creation of design standards, specifically tailored to the structure in order to preserve its integrity.
The Historic Preservation Program went through its first landmark nomination process early this year with the Carson Bryan Residence, located at 804 Bryan Street. The structure is beginning a massive restoration process, partially funded with grant money awarded by the State of Florida Historic Preservation Bureau, which will return it to its turn-of-the-century grandeur after being severely damaged by Hurricane Charley.
Historic Preservation Ordinance
The City of Kissimmee adopted its current preservation ordinance in 2007. The ordinance establishes regulations for the treatment of historic resources, process for establishing and maintaining local historic overlay districts and landmarks, the functions of the historic preservation board, and establishes standards for the protection of historic properties.
To get a copy of the Historic Preservation Ordinance contact the Development Services Department.
StaffCity of Kissimmee Development Services
101 Church Street, Suite 110
Kissimmee, FL 34741