Historic Preservation in Belleair

How Many Structures in Belleair are Currently Designated as Historic?

There are more than 30 properties and structures listed on Belleair's local Historic Registry. These homes are diverse in style and history, and are listed below.

Properties and Structures on Belleair's Historic Registry

Historic Name Address
  1570 Alexander Road
Palmer Estate 701 Bayview Drive
Belleview Biltmore Hotel 25 Belleview Boulevard
  440 Country Club Road
  1311 Druid Road South
Casa McCormick 1574 Druid Road South
  437 Gardenia Street
  456 Gardenia Street
  705 Indian Rocks Road
  1330 Indian Rocks Road
  1336 Indian Rocks Road
  1466 Orange Avenue
  305 Overbrook Drive
  1106 Palmview Avenue
  561 Palmetto Road
  251 Pine Road
  400 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
  647 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Old Town Hall / Garden Club 903 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
  208 Ricker Road
  322 Roebling Road South
Wright Residence 330 Roebling Road South
  326 Wildwood Way
  416 Wildwood Way
  426 Wildwood Way
  160 Willadel Drive
  422 Woodlawn Avenue
Belleair Estates Town Plan
Belleair South Entrance Gates Indian Rocks Road at Mehlenbacher Road
Landscape Areas Streets of Belleair Estates
Willadel Subdivision North Gates Willadel Drive and Druid Road South
Willadel Subdivision South Gates Willadel Drive and Druid Road South

How Does a Structure become Designated as Historic?

Residents may apply to put their home on Belleair's local Historic Registry by completing a Historic Designation Application and submitting it to the Town for approval by both the Historic Preservation Board and the Commission. To request an application form, contact Christine Torok, Town Clerk, at (727) 588-3769 x 312 or ctorok@townofbelleair.net.

In order to qualify for preservation, the nominated property, building, structure, or area must be at least 50 years old and embody at least one of the following criteria, to the discretion of the Historic Preservation Board:

  1. Its character, interest or value as part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristics of the town, county, state or nation
  2. Its location as a site of significant local, county, state or national event
  3. Its identification with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the development of the town, county, state or nation
  4. Its embodiment of distinguishing characteristics of an architectural style valuable for the study of a period, type, method of construction or use of indigenous materials
  5. Its identification as the work of a master builder, craftsman, designer, engineer, architect, landscape architect or planner whose individual work has influenced the development of the town, county, state or nation
  6. Its embodiment of elements of design, detailing, materials or craftsmanship that render it architecturally significant
  7. Its embodiment of design elements that make it structurally or architecturally innovative
  8. Its unique location or singular physical characteristics that make it an established or familiar visual feature
  9. Its suitability for preservation or restoration
  10. Where the interior of a building or structure is designated, the designation shall include a finding designating the specific portions of the interior that make it suitable for designation and a finding that the interior is accessible to the public as a common area in the normal course of the building's use

Frequently Asked Questions

Can A Historic Home Be Renovated?

Yes, historic homes may be renovated, and often are in order to meet modern standards. However, historic property owners must first receive approval for renovation via either a Standard Certificate of Appropriateness Application or a Special Certificate of Appropriateness Application to ensure that any renovations retain the historic integrity of the structure.

Residents may contact Christine Torok, Town Clerk at (727) 588-3769 x 312 or ctorok@townofbelleair.net to request more information about this process.

What Incentives Are Offered for Historic Properties?

Aside from a general increase of property value, owning a historic home can have its benefits. Primarily, the Town offers a tax abatement program for historic property owners who renovate their homes in ways that preserve and honor the property's historic integrity.

Residents may contact Christine Torok, Town Clerk at (727) 588-3769 x 312 or ctorok@townofbelleair.net to request more information about this process.

Can I Remove My Home from the Historic Registry?

Yes, property owners may remove their homes from the Town's historic register, and must complete a removal form and receive approval from the Historic Preservation Board and the Commission in order to do so.

Residents may contact Christine Torok, Town Clerk at (727) 588-3769 x 312 or ctorok@townofbelleair.net to request more information about this process.