Historic Preservation Commission

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The Commission meets in the Ames City Hall Council Chambers at 6:00 PM on the second Monday of each month.

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Peter Hallock, Chairperson
Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, Vice-Chairperson
Lisa Hovis
Edith Hunter
Barry Snell
Susan Minks

Ray Anderson, Staff Liaison, 515-239-5270
Eloise Sahlstrom, Staff Liaison, 515-239-5447

BACKGROUND & PURPOSE. The Historic Preservation Commission works to shape the future while respecting the past. Its mission is to promote the educational, cultural, and economic welfare of the City by preserving and protecting historic structures, sites, and neighborhoods that serve as visible reminders of its history and cultural heritage. 

Historic preservation plays a role in encouraging civic pride, neighborhood identity, economic vitality, and community sustainability. Studies have shown that historic preservation stabilizes property values, contributes to quality of life, and encourages property investments by owners. This translates into economic development by creation of new jobs and retention of existing jobs, especially in the building trades, as well as stimulation of tourism and business growth.

The HPC reviews applications for both new construction and changes to the exterior of proposed or designated local landmarks and structures within the Old Town Historic District. The HPC also provides information to owners of historic properties, boards, commissions, and the City Council on matters affecting historically and architecturally significant properties, structures, and areas. 

It is desirable (but not mandatory) for HPC members to have a background in the areas of history, urban planning, architecture, archeology, law, sociology, or historic preservation. One member is appointed to represent the Old Town Historic District. The Old Town Historic District is located north of downtown.

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