Established in 1977, the Springfield Historic Commission serves to advance the identification, protection, preservation, education, and interpretation of Springfield’s cultural heritage and history. As such, the Historic Commission organizes projects and programs to encourage stewardship of the community’s historic assets. The Historic Commission also reviews development and restoration requests for all properties within the Washburne Historic District and for all properties on Springfield’s Landmark Inventory.
The Historic Commission has five goals that guide its work:
- Educate the community about and develop public support for historic preservation.
- Understand Springfield’s historic resources by developing historic context statements and conducting historic research, historic resource surveys, and historic resource inventories.
- Protect historic resources through City Landmark Inventory and National Register listings.
- Encourage property owners to restore and maintain the City’s historic resources by developing incentive programs for property owners interested in preserving historic resources.
- Maintain and strengthen the City’s historic preservation program in concert with the City’s planning and regulatory efforts.
The Historic Commission meets every other month on the fourth Tuesday, starting at 5:30 pm in Springfield City Hall. All meetings are open to the public. An opportunity is provided at the beginning of each meeting for general public comment. Additionally, time is allotted for property owners to discuss alterations they are contemplating for their historic properties.
Next meeting details:
1-3 pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Jesse Maine Room
Springfield City Hall
225 Fifth Street