Heritage preservation is the recognition and protection of significant events, buildings, structures, objects, and landscapes that together help create our community identity.
Heritage Preservation enhances the vibrancy of neighborhoods and cities, instilling pride and value through increased property values, as well as enhanced quality of life, sense of place, and neighborhood pride. Historic preservation is a powerful way for us to convey our understanding of the past to future generations.
Heritage Preservation Commission
Rochester's Heritage Preservation Commission is charged with safeguarding the heritage of the city by encouraging the preservation of properties that reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political, visual, and architectural history. Click here to learn more about the Heritage Preservation Commission.
Did you know?
- Rochester was founded in 1854 as a former stagecoach stop between St. Paul, MN and Dubuque, IA. It later became better recognized as the home of Mayo Clinic, the top medical facility in the world.
- Thirteen properties in Rochester are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and also designated as local landmarks, including the historic Chateau Theatre, which was purchased by the City of Rochester in 2015 and is currently undergoing restoration and reuse. The Avalon Music building, a former hotel, is also a notable feature on the Historic Register and once served as a significant landmark during in the local civil rights movement.
- Rochester's historic Pill Hill Neighborhood is also acknowledged on National Register of Historic Places and is home to notable local structures including the popular Plummer House and the homes of the Mayo Clinic's founding brothers, Charles and William.
- There are more than 80 local properties on the Potential Landmark Property List.