In July 1986, the Board of Mayor and Commissioners adopted the Historic Preservation Ordinance which created the Historic Preservation Commission. The commission is a volunteer board of residents of the City of Avondale Estates with professions or special interests in architecture, history, planning, landscape architecture or other historic preservation-related disciplines.
Avondale Estates is the only documented example in the Southeastern United States of an early 20th-century planned new town. The Avondale Estates Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in December 1986 and is considered to be of national importance. This level of significance is attributed to the planning efforts behind the development of Avondale Estates as well as to the architectural and landscape components present in the district.
Acknowledging that the “historical, cultural, and aesthetic heritage of the city is among its most valued and important assets,” the city initiated measures to preserve and protect these characteristics of Avondale Estates. These efforts provide a basis on which to:
Capture the benefits of tourism and economic development,
Enhance the community’s visual appearance,
Ensure that the old will blend compatibly with the new,
Promote harmonious growth, and
Strengthen community awareness of the values of historic preservation.