Historic Design Review Commission

Historical Buildings

The Commissioners

Bridget Powers                               Mike Holmes
Steve Hiatt                                     Jennifer Costa
Steve Galyardt                               Christine Ubbink
Fred Vitas                                      DBA Rep - Vacant
Glen Kramer                            

About the Commission

The Historic Design Review Commission (HDRC) reviews requests for new development, exterior site and building additions/alterations, signs, building materials and colors for properties within the Old Town Historic District and Downtown Historic District. The HDRC meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 p.m, or as needed. The meetings are held in the City Council Chamber at 1225 Lincoln Way.


Where are Auburn's Historic Districts?

What Review is Required in the Historic Districts?

Is Your Property Historic?

How Can I Nominate My Property as a Historic Resource?

Auburn's Register of Historic Places

Standards and Guidelines for Preservation

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

Is your property in need of repair or beautification?  If so, we have some useful links for you to assist in restoring your property to its historical standard.  Click below to see the links.

Helpful Tips for Restoring Historical Structures 

Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.

                 The Preservation of Historic Signs

             The Repair, Replacement and Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs

             Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork

             Painting Historic Interiors

             Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings

                 The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows

             Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry

             Awnings on Historic Buildings, Repair, Replacement and New Design

             Cleaning and Water-Repellent Treatments for Historic Masonry Buildings

                 Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings