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Laura Crooks – Alexander County Library Director, Josi Ward – founder of Foreground Consulting, and Clay Griffith – president/owner of ACME Preservation Services, peruse historical documents at the main branch of the library
Photo courtesy of Alexander County Government

Research Underway On Study Of Taylorsville Downtown District

In November 2022, the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee began working with ACME Preservation Services, which was hired to conduct the research required for the Downtown Taylorsville Historic District to be nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The proposed Downtown Taylorsville Historic District consists of 44 properties with 32 property owners, 181,762 square feet of commercial and residential space, and a total assessed tax value of more than $6.3 million. The proposed historic district was originally established in 1847 with the founding of Alexander County naming Taylorsville as the seat of county government.

The National Register Advisory Council placed the proposed Downtown Taylorsville Historic District on the State Study List in June 2021. In October 2021, the Taylorsville Town Council unanimously endorsed the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee’s proposal to list the Downtown Taylorsville Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee hosted an informational meeting presented by the State Historic Preservation Office in December 2021 for property owners of proposed historic buildings located within the Downtown Taylorsville Historic District. In November 2022, the Alexander County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the contract with ACME Preservation Services. ACME Preservation Services has teamed with Foreground Consulting to provide greater manpower and a broader range of expertise to the Alexander County project.

Clay Griffith is the president and owner of ACME Preservation Services with 28 years of experience in the historic preservation field in North Carolina. Griffith is an architectural historian with extensive experience conducting reconnaissance- and intensive-level architectural field surveys; identifying, analyzing, and evaluating historic properties; researching and writing historic contexts and biographical sketches; and preparing nominations to the National Register.

Learn more about the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee at https://alexandercountync.gov/hpc.

[News release from Gary Herman, Alexander County Public Information Officer]