The Historic Landmarks Commission provides leadership and expertise on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage. The Commission identifies and protects buildings and other properties that have historic or cultural significance or special architectural merit. The Commission provides advice on historic preservation matters, and coordinates historic preservation programs in the City. The Commission is also actively involved in the development of design guidelines for historic design districts.
The Historic Landmarks Commission consists of eight members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a member of the Planning Commission; a historian with knowledge of local history; anarchitectural historian; an architect; two members from the following: landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community development, urban planning, archeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines; and two members at-large. All members must have demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge of historic preservation. No more than two members of the Commission may be in the business of buying, selling, leasing, or developing real estate for profit, or be officers of such a business. The Planning Commission member is chosen by the Planning Commission chair. The other members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
The Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 1:30pm in Conference Room 2500A, 2nd floor of 1900 SW 4th Avenue.
Contact: Paige Ashenfelter, BDS, 503-823-0625
Commission Website: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?=43126&a=168808