Curb Appeal

The Design Committee's primary focus is on "curb appeal" while being sensitive to the significance of remaining historic character of the areas. The Historical Society and Historic Preservation Commission are program partners in helping to maintain Tybee's sense of place.
With dedicated partners, members assist owners by advocating and assisting with improving the aesthetics of the commercial areas while remaining sensitive to community stakeholder input as indicated in Tybee Island's Quality Growth Report (PDF) and Master Plan (website).

The committee also works with partners to improve immediate concerns affecting the perceived condition of these areas. Over the past few years, the committee has been successful by:
Close Up of Drug Store On Tybrisa
  • Improving communication between the business community, City staff and officials in maintaining and improving streetscapes.
  • Advocating for cleaner and safer streets to enhance the resident's and guest's experience.
  • Developing plans to enhance the pedestrian-friendly environment through sidewalk enhancements and verbiage for the City’s wayfinding signage.
  • Obtaining a grant in partnership with the City, Tybee Beautification and the Marine Science Center to combat litter through the Keep Tybee Tidy campaign.
  • Obtaining conceptual design renderings for (Historic) Memorial Park and multiple commercial façade improvement recommendations.
  • Obtaining two grants for updating the city's Historic Resources Survey from the Historic Preservation Division.
  • Implementing mural guidelines and establishing a public mural project with the Arts Association.
A menu of available design services available (PDF) through the program is available here for commercial property owners / merchants interested in enhancing and/or making improvements to their building. Due to a private donation, financial assistance is available through the Facade Improvement Grant (PDF).
In August of 2014, with input from the Design Committee members, City Officials approved an update to the Sign Ordinance to allow murals (PDF) on commercial buildings, which includes a review process based on developed guidelines. Mural examples, sensitive to the Island’s environment and heritage, are available in the Development Authority / Main Street Office at City Hall.

Historic Preservation Information for Property Owners

Tybee's nostalgic feel is due in part to the architectural character, history and uniqueness found only here. Experts in the field of historic preservation and architecture have long worked with property owners on the Island to preserve buildings that represent the history and spirit of Tybee (PDF).
For more information about preservation efforts for Tybee Island, click here.

Do you own a home and/or building that is over 50 years old? You may be eligible to protect and preserve your investment by being listed on the National Register (PDF)!

Benefits of Historic Preservation

Learn about beneficial information about the advantages of Historical Property provided during various presentations:

National Preservation Month

Every year, during the month of May, National Preservation Month is celebrated with the following list of annual themes:
  • 2010: This Place Matters (PDF)
  • 2011: Celebrating America's Treasures
  • 2012: Discover America's Hidden Gems
  • 2013: See! Save! Celebrate!
  • 2014: Embark. Inspire. Engage.
  • 2015 & 2016:  This Place Matters