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The Commission works to educate the public concerning the goals and methods of historic preservation. Nine volunteer local commissioners, all local residents experienced in historic preservation, are appointed by the mayor. They are assisted by a staff member from the city Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development.

Courthouse Square Designation

Courthouse corner shot

In response to a request by Common Council, The Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission will consider designation of the courthouse square this year. A series of public information sessions will be held with owners and interested parties. These meetings provide opportunities to discuss the development of design guidelines and answer questions about what designation means.

In 2005, the Main Street Program awarded a grant to Downtown Bloomington Inc. (then CBD) in order to develop design guidelines for our downtown. They were created by the Center for Historic Preservation at Ball State University. These have been available for 15 years and are a good starting place for discussion. A map of the national register boundaries, established in 1990 by the National Park Service, is included below along with the nomination that provides the historic context of our downtown.

Courthouse Square Nomination (PDF 4.94 MB)

Courthouse Nomination (PDF 438.68 KB)

2005 Downtown Design Guidelines (PDF 3.64 MB) Courthouse Square National Register District Map

Courthouse Square Design Guidelines DRAFT (PDF 331.69 KB)

Showers Brothers Furniture Factory Historic District

Complete design guidelines: Showers Brothers Furniture Factory Historic District Design Guidelines (PDF 1.76 MB)

Showers Design Guidelines

Read the Commission's Preservaton Plan for Bloomington

In 2011 the Commission developed a strategic work plan for preservation activities in Bloominton. The first goal was to provide the historic resources on the downtown square with protection. Read through this document, and njoy the archival photographs.

2012 Preservation Plan for Historic Bloomington (PDF 16.75 MB)

cover image PPHB

Monon Clock

The Monon clock, which once stood in the Bloomington Monon Passenger Station, is over 100 years old and was restored by local craftsmen with funding from the City. The rare clock was gifted to the City by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The clock stands in the southeast corner of City Hall atrium.

Monon Clock

Read the City of Bloomington's Programmatic Agreement

Regarding the administration of certain HUD-assisted projects and programs subject to 24 C.F.R. Part 58 in the State of Indiana

2016 HUD Programmatic Agreement (PDF 352.69 KB)

Do you want to know whether your house or property is located in a local historic district that is regulated by Title 8?

Go to "myBLOOMINGTON" and enter your address.