Historic District Guides

Process Documents

Materials Used by the Public

The following materials are available for use by the public in the Planning Department. Appointments should be made with a Historic Preservation Planner by calling 301-600-1499.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act: Resource Guide, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Americans with Disabilities Act: A Self-Guided Training Course for Historic Preservation Commissions, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The Buildings of Main Street: A Guide to American Commercial Architecture, Longstreth
  • City Building in Frederick, Maryland, Wasch
  • The Diary of Jacob Engelbrecht, Volume I and II
  • Economic and Fiscal Impact of Local Historic Districts in Maryland, Lipman Frizzell and Mitchell, LLC
  • Frederick County (Images of America), Historical Society of Frederick County
  • Historic Contextual Overview for the City of Frederick, Thematic Contexts for Architecture and Agriculture, Reed and Wallace
  • History of Frederick County Maryland, Volume I and II, Williams and McKinsey
  • History of Western Maryland, Volume I and II, Scharf
  • The Language of Doors, Vicente and Connor
  • National Park Service Preservation Briefs
  • Pictoral History of Frederick Maryland: The First 250 Years, 1745 through 1995, Cannon, Gorsline and Whitmore
  • Pre-1800 Houses of Frederick County, Lebherz and Margrabe
  • Respectful Rehabilitation: Answers to Your Questions About Old Buildings, National Park Service, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings, National Park Service
  • What Style is it? A Guide to American Architecture, Poppeliers, Chambers, Schwartz
  • Windows on Frederick: A Glimpse Into Frederick's Historic Past, Lebherz

Other Resources

Publications & Research 

Thematic Histories of Frederick


Monocacy Canal Maps

In 1829 The Frederick County Canal Company explored the potential of developing a branch line extending from the C & O Canal which was under construction. The proposed Monocacy Canal was surveyed by Dr. John Martineau, an engineer from the C & O Canal Company. In the summer and fall of that year Martineau finalized the documentation associated with the proposed Monocacy Canal. The survey shows two possible routes following closely along the river's edge. The northernmost point of the Monocacy Canal would have begun near Creagerstown and followed the River south until it met up with the C & O Canal near Dickerson. Although Frederick did not pursue canal building, which would have left an indelible mark on the local landscape, the resulting maps from 1829 offer a rare and detailed glance of the rural landscape surrounding Frederick. Below is a partial set of the 1929 Monocacy Canal survey.