Tyler’s first historic district overlay, Heritage Neighborhood No. 1 was designated with a marker on December 11, 2009. The marker was placed at College Avenue and Lindsey Lane in the heart of Tyler’s Azalea District. The overlay is comprised of eighteen properties bound by Broadway Avenue, Lindsey Lane, College Avenue and Rusk Avenue. The local district includes fifteen single family homes, two residential properties, First Presbyterian Church, and Tyler Woman’s Building.
The neighborhood majority and a unanimous vote of the City Council agreed to designate this historic overlay to better protect historic properties. Its purpose is to create regulations to aid in preserving structure, sties, or areas that have outstanding historical or cultural significance. Structures within this overlay are required to seek a building permit and certificate of appropriateness from the City Preservation Board should the owner alter their home or building.