The Harristown neighborhood is located along the southern border of Covington’s downtown district. Bounded by Conyers Street to the north, Monticello Street to the east, Pennington Street to the South and the Sandhill neighborhood to the west, this historically African-American neighborhood began as a small community of workers for a plantation owned by Judge Harris.
The housing stock for the Harristown neighborhood is comprised of clapboard homes built in the 1890s, shotgun style single-family homes and duplexes and quadraplexes built between the 1930s and 1970s. Many of the structures have outdated floorplans and materials that make them energy inefficient.
Local organizations and Harristown residents have demonstrated a continued willingness to revitalize the neighborhood and to protect its historical significance. However, the availability of funding and the extreme deteriorating conditions of many of the structures have made revitalization a challenge.
It appears that more than half of the properties within Harristown are renter-occupied. The City’s code enforcement officers have ensured that the neighborhood’s vacant structures are boarded and secured so as to prevent vandalism, theft, and risk hazards to neighborhood children. The Harristown neighborhood is vital to the growth of Covington’s downtown. It is located within one of the city’s historic districts and all material changes to structures within the neighborhood require an approved certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Board.