Heritage Preservation

As Minnesota's capitol city, Saint Paul features numerous historic sites and properties that are important to preserve. Led by the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC), the City of Saint Paul is committed to working with property owners to ensure that the history of our community can be enjoyed for years to come.

The Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) serves as an advisory body to the Mayor and the City Council on municipal heritage preservation matters. It was created by city ordinance in 1976 to protect and promote the heritage of the City of Saint Paul. The Commission consists of thirteen voting members who are residents of Saint Paul and are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. One of the members is a representative of the Ramsey County Historical Society and three of the members are professionally registered architects. The City of Saint Paul is a Certified Local Government (CLG) in the National Historic Preservation Program. The City is certified as having a heritage preservation commission and program that meets federal and state standards. Saint Paul's status as a CLG confirms its commitment to support a qualified heritage preservation commission, maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties, enforce appropriate state and local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties, and provide for public participation in its preservation program


Heritage Preservation Commission to hold district listening sessions this fall

Heritage Preservation Commissioners and staff have heard comments, suggestions, and questions from heritage district residents regarding policy, procedures and guidelines of the City and the Heritage Preservation Commission.

As part of an overall effort to increase public awareness and participation, Heritage Preservation Commissioners and staff will hold a series of listening sessions in each of the heritage districts during fall 2018.  The purpose is to give district residents a chance to voice opinions about the preservation of the historic resources in Saint Paul.

The first listening session will be in the Dayton’s Bluff Heritage Preservation District on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Community Dinner event at Mississippi Market at 740 East 7th Street. Tentative dates for additional listening sessions are listed below. Date, time and location will be added as they are confirmed.

If you are unable to attend one of these events you can leave comments for the Heritage Preservation Commission at AskHPC@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Future listening sessions:

  • Irvine Park - September
  • State and National Hill Districts - September/October
  • Jacob Schmidt - October
  • Jackson Street Shops - October
  • Como Shops - October
  • Individual Heritage Sites - October
  • Lowertown - October
  • Summit Avenue West - November
  • Ramsey Hill/Historic Hill - December