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City of Ashland, Oregon / Commissions & Committees / Historic Commission

Historic Commission

The Ashland Historic Commission was established in the early 1970's to survey and recommend to the City Council, areas or properties of significant historical value and interest to be designated historical properties; to draft and recommend ordinances and other measures designed to protect and foster interest in the improvement of designated historical properties; to review literature and sources of funding concerning the protection and improvement of designated historic properties; to review and make recommendations concerning the improvement of designated historic properties in connection with the issuance of building permits, zone changes, conditional use permits, variances, sign permits and site reviews; to review and recommend project applications for funding; to promote public support in the preservation of Ashland's historic past; and to advise citizens on aesthetic standards for historic areas.

The purpose of historic districts is to maintain the City's links with the past and encourage the restoration and rehabilitation of the City's old homes and commercial structures. These old buildings represent the aspirations and attainments of past eras. These material links with the City's history preserve the character of the City and avoid the sameness and standardization that can contribute to a feeling of rootlessness and a lack of sense of place in many cities.

The following links provide additional information on Historic District Development Standards in the form of brief, white papers.

Historic Building Brief #1: Living with Historic Buildings

Historic Building Brief #2: Windows

Historic Building Brief #3: Exterior Materials

Historic Building Brief #4: Additions

Historic Building Brief #5: Garages and Outbuildings

Click on Historic Preservation for more information on preservation organizations, agencies and interest sites.

Explore Ashland's History here.

Click on the following links for information about City of Ashland Historic places and projects:

Historic Preservation Week -
National Historic Preservation Week is an outreach program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and observed annually each May in Ashland. Every year the Historic Commission selects projects to receive the Architectural Preservation Awards. These awards are intended to recognize the commitment of local citizens, architects, designers, and contractors in furthering historic preservation and protecting our cultural resources. Previous award winners can be found by clicking on the following links:

Please remember that other than staff, the people listed below are volunteers working on behalf of our community and should only be contacted on matters related to their particular commission, committee or board.


Length of Term
Meets 1st Wednesday, 6:00p.m., (Wednesday prior to Planning Commission), 51 Winburn Way (Comm. Dev. Bld)
Members (3 year terms expiring April 30)

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Term Begin
Term End
*VACANCY *       04/30/2017  
Bill Emery   Commissioner   09/02/2014   04/30/2017  
Tom Giordano   Commissioner   04/30/2002   04/30/2017  
Taylor Leonard   Commissioner   06/21/2016   04/30/2018  
Dale Shostrom   Commissioner-Chair     04/30/2018  
Terry Skibby   Commissioner-ViceChair     04/30/2019  
Keith Swink   Commissioner   11/18/2003   04/30/2019  
Regan Trapp   StaffSecretary      
Piper von Chamier   Commissioner   10/04/2016   04/30/2019  
Samuel Whitford   Commissioner   04/15/2003   04/30/2018  

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017
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