ABOUT THE COMMISSION:
The Historic Preservation Commission is composed of seven volunteer members, of which a majority must be residents of the City consisting of one member of Council and six members selected, to the extent possible, from the following professional backgrounds to 3-year terms:
•A professional historic preservationist or a historian
•A real estate agent or a developer
•A Historic District property owner
Joe Coleman (Preservationist), term ends June 30, 2022
Address: 67 West Lincoln Avenue
Mark Reed, (Citizen Appointee/Historical Geographer), term ends June 30, 2023
Address: 324 East William Street
Stephanie VanGundy, (Real Estate), term ends June 30, 2021
Address: 79 N. Washington Street
Sherry Riviera (Preservationist), term ends June 30, 2022
Address: 24 Montrose Avenue
Mark Smiles (Property owner), term ends June 30, 2023
Address: 12 North Sandusky Street
Cara Hering (Architect), term ends June 30, 2021
Address: 31 Forest Avenue
Lisa Keller, City Council Representative
Address: 28 Forest Ave
Architectural standards protect and enhance the overall value of property by encouraging the preservation of the character of historic structures and by requiring new construction to be compatible within the District. City staff and the Historic Preservation Commission implement the standards by reviewing all proposed exterior work and new construction within the Downtown Historic District. The review process has historical, aesthetic, and economic benefits to both the property owner and the community.
To review the City of Delaware’s architectural standards guide, please click here.
Prior to making any changes to any property or structure, including changing or expanding the use, please contact a member of the Planning staff to discuss your proposal. An application is required to be submitted and reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission before any permits authorizing the change can be issued. Failure to obtain the proper approvals prior to construction can result in significant delays, costs, and alterations.
The Historic Preservation Commission meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm in City Hall.