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About the Reedsburg Historical Preservation Commission

About Us

The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to identify and preserve buildings, monuments, and other structures that are architecturally and historically significant to the heritage of Reedsburg and also to promote the use of historic resources for the education, pleasure and welfare of the community.

Q: Why should we preserve historic places?

A: The spirit and direction of the city are reflected in its historic heritage. Historical resources should be preserved to give a sense of where the community came from and makes the community of Reedsburg unique.

Q: What can I do to protect my historic property?

A: On the local level you can consult with the Historic Preservation Commission and they can direct you to the correct local resources. On the State and Federal level you can apply for tax credits and financial assistance such as grants and loans.

Q: What is historic property?

A: A historic property is a parcel of land that is designated (or has been determined to be eligible for designation) a the local, state, or federal level. Eligible properties for local designation must have significant historic character, interest, or cultural characteristics of the city, state, or nation. It could also convey high architectural or artistic value. It can also be associated with the life of a person significant in the past.

Q: How do I know if my property is a historic resource?

A: The best course of action would be to contact the Historic Preservation Commission.

Q: If my property would become a historically listed site can I paint my house any color I want?

A: Yes. The Historic Preservation Commission does not regulate paint colors inside or on the outside of the house. We would welcome the opportunity to provide input on how to maintain the historical integrity of your property but the final decision is still yours. We would also like to consult with you on how to remove the paint without causing damage to the historical aspects of your property.

Q: Can I put an addition on my historic property?

A: Yes but it would be recommended to consult with the Historic Preservation Commission to review the proposed addition to ensure that it stays true to the historic integrity of the property?

Q: Do I need permission to perform ordinary maintenance to my historic property?

A: Minor projects are those items that involve replacing existing material with the same material or painting previously painted surfaces. The Historic Preservation Commission would welcome the opportunity to consult with you to keep the integrity of your property intact.