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201 4th Street SE
Room 108
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2950
Fax: 507-328-2401

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Heritage Preservation Commission

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Meets Fourth Tuesday of the Month

The Rochester Heritage Preservation Commission was created in 2013.  The Heritage Preservation Commission is charged with responsibility for facilitating the preservation of Rochester’s heritage. The purposes of the Commission is to:

  • Safeguard the heritage of the City by encouraging the preserving of properties that reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political, visual, or architectural history;
  • Enhance the City’s appeal and attraction to residents, visitors, and tourists while promoting its economic viability through the protection and promotion of its unique character as related to its history and heritage;
  • Enhance the visual and aesthetic character, diversity, and interest in the City through attention to historic properties;
  • Foster civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the past;
  • Promote the preservation and continued use of historic properties for the education and general welfare of the people of the City;
  • Promote the environmental benefits of adapting and reusing buildings; and
  • Provide educational opportunities for heritage preservation, act in an advisory capacity to its citizens, and reflect the history of the many groups that make up the City’s rich heritage.

The Rochester Heritage Preservation Commission consists of eleven voting members. Members are nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the City Council. Commission members must be persons with demonstrated interest and expertise in historic preservation and must reside within the City. The Commission shall include, if available, a member of the Olmsted County Historical Society.  Demonstrated interest and expertise may include experience and interest in a variety of vocations and fields that may be engaged in historic preservation efforts and issues, including, without limitation, architecture, construction, legal, real estate, and economic development.  Members serve a staggered three-year term.

Current Commission Members



Related Documents

Heritage Preservation Ordinance
Rochester Historical Contexts
Rochester Historic Inventory
Landmark Property List
Potential Landmark Property List

Landmark Nomination Application Form

Rochester Commercial Historic District Designation Study

Map of  Rochester Commercial Historic District