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

Mayor Carter appoints two new HPC Commissioners

Two new HPC Commissioners appointed by Mayor Carter were sworn-in at the February 11, 2019 HPC meeting.  City Clerk Shari Moore administered the oath of office to Robert Lubke and Paul Nelson. 

Ward 7 resident

Mr. Lubke has an avid interest in Minnesota history, in particular late 19th and early 20th century Mississippi River corridor development. A 23 Year Member City of Winona, Minnesota HPC which he served as the chair for 14 Years, he is experienced with Department of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation and has extensive experience working with property owners in historic districts, coordinating with SHPO on preservation initiatives and in developing community education efforts to support historic preservation.

Ward 4 resident

Paul has published extensively on Ramsey County history.  Nominated to the HPC by the Ramsey County Historical Society, their President, Chad Roberts stated “(Paul) has been a life-long lover of history, is a published author in a variety of formats, and develops history podcasts as well. He is also a retired attorney and is currently engaged in developing a history of the district court that will likely be the definitive resources for those looking at that topic”.