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Historic Preservation Commission

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee's historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings.

For more information about the HPC, check the links below, send email to or call (414) 286-5712.

Board Members

The seven members of the HPC are citizens, architects, and historians appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council:

  • Chair:  Ann Pieper-Eisenbrown

  • Vice-Chair:  Marion Clendenen-Acosta

  • Members:

Administrative and professional support to the Historic Preservation Commission is provided by the City Clerk's Office.

HPC Meetings

The HPC meets monthly on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. in City Hall, Room 301B, 200 E. Wells St. unless otherwise indicated (see below for details). 

  • Visit the Legislative Research Center for meeting dates and times, agendas, minutes and other records of the Historic Preservation Commission since 2010.  (This is the city's listing of all of the meetings it holds, so run a filter using the "All Boards and Commissions" button and select "Historic Preservation Commission.")

  • View information about the submittal deadlines for meeting dates & parking.

  • Sign up to receive agendas by email using E-Notify.

HPC Archive

Historic Designation

Process  Properties and Districts

Certificate of Appropriateness

Preservation Information


Cream of the Cream City
Historic Preservation Awards

Thank you to all who attended the 
Cream of the Cream City Awards ceremony held on May 29, 2014
at Best Place at the Pabst.

View photos of the event below:

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To view past award winners, please visit: