Historic Preservation Commission
About the Commission
The Montpelier Historic Preservation Commission's main role is planning and advocacy for the protection and appreciation of Montpelier's historic and architecturally significant resources. How this is to be accomplished is a broad charge. The creation of the MHPC and its commitment to the preservation of historic resources enabled the City of Montpelier to become a Certified Local Government (CLG) in 2004. The CLG program provides technical assistance and funding for a wide variety of projects including surveys, National Register nominations, design guidelines, educational programs, training, etc.
In conjunction with the Montpelier Planning and Community Development Department, the Commission applied for and was awarded a 2023 Certified Local Government grant to pay for a City-Wide Historic Resources Scoping Study. See the side bar link to the left for details - including funding source and the Request for Proposal issued in August 2023.
Additional Recent Projects
In 2021 and 2022 the Commission drafted illustrated Design Review Guidelines, details of which are linked in the column to the left.
The Commission also completed a long-standing project to update the City's National Register Historic District. The update amended the boundary to include an additional thirty-six historic resources and updated previously documented resources for the entire district. The revised nomination and map are included below;
The MHPC can have no less than 3 or no more than 7 members, as appointed by the City Council for terms of 3 years. Members must reside in Montpelier and have a demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation, whether as professionals or lay persons.
To the extent possible, at least a majority of the members should be professionals from the disciplines of history, archaeology, architectural history, architecture, and historical architecture. Members representing other historic preservation-related disciplines, such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography, or cultural anthropology, and lay members are encouraged.
When a discipline is not represented on the commission, the commission must seek the assistance of the Division in obtaining the necessary expertise when considering National Register nominations and other actions that will impact properties which are normally evaluated by a professional in such discipline.