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The City of Monroe’s Planning and Development Department is launching an architecture scavenger hunt and photo contest through the month of May in recognition of National Preservation Month.

Mayor Robert Burns issued a proclamation on April 9 recognizing May 2024 as National Preservation Month to foster awareness and appreciation of historic structures and historic contributions that have shaped the history of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina and America.


The architecture scavenger hunt features seven historic properties in the City of Monroe. Participants can pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt form in person at City Hall or download and print a copy online.

Participants will need to return the completed form no later than May 31, 2024 in person at City Hall (Planning Department) or email completed forms to Megan Brightharp at Participants who get all locations correct will be entered to win prizes.  

National Preservation Month Architecture Scavenger Hunt form (PDF)


The photo contest encourages residents to take photos within the historic district, and then submit those photos to be entered into a social media contest.

Photos that meet the requirements will be posted to the City of Monroe’s Facebook page to be voted on. The top 12 photos with the most reactions will be featured in the Historic District calendar.

Photos must be submitted digitally to Megan Brightharp at no later than 5 p.m. May 31, 2024.

National Preservation Month Photo Contest details (PDF)

“Historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds. It’s important to celebrate the role of history in our lives,” said Mayor Burns.

National Preservation Month activities are sponsored by the City of Monroe’s Historic District Commission.

If you have any questions, please contact the Planning and Development Department at 704-282-4520.