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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.


Appointee Appointed By Term Expiration Date
Duncan Campbell (Carryover) Common Council 2016-12-31
Derek Richey (Carryover) Common Council 2016-12-31
Marjorie Hudgins Common Council 2019-12-31
Common Council 2017-12-31
Lee Sandweiss Mayor 2018-12-31
Jeannine Butler Mayor 2017-12-31
Chris Sturbaum Mayor 2018-12-31
Sam DeSollar Mayor 2019-12-31
Kelsey Maas Mayor 2017-12-31
John Saunders Mayor 2017-12-31
Flavia Burrell Mayor 2019-12-31
Jeff Goldin Mayor 2018-12-31
Leslie Abshire Mayor 2019-12-31

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All events are free and open to the public.

May 19, 2017

2017 Preservation Month Lecture

7 PM | City Hall Council Chambers

This lecture is the 2017 Rosemary Miller Lecture. Dr. Richard Holdeman, the Senior Pastor of the Bloomington Reformed Presbyterian Church, will present about the early-1800's anti-slavery group known as the Covenanters.

Preservation Month Lecture 2017

May 20, 2017

Covenanter Cemetery Tours

1 - 4 PM | Covenanter Cemetery (2191 E. Moores Pike)

On Saturday, May 20, the Covenanter Cemetery Guided Tour will run from 1-4 p.m. departing every hour and half hour. Tour goers will learn more about the influential movers and shakers within the Covenanter community through those buried at the cemetery. The earliest grave dates from 1838 and many names are still prominent throughout the community. The cemetery is located at the northeast corner of Moores Pike/Hillside Drive and High Street. Parking is available at the tennis courts .2 miles east on the south side of Moores Pike.

Covenanter Cemetery

June 14th and June 23rd, 2017

Limestone Month Vinegar Hill Walking Tour

4 PM | Intersection of S. Woodlawn Ave. and E. 1st St (Parking available at Bryan Park)

In collaboration with Visit Bloomington, we will be conducting an up to 2 mile walking tour around the historic Vinegar Hill located in the Elm Heights neighborhood. The event is free but requires pre-registration through the Visit Bloomington website.


Matlock Heights Historic District Design Guidelines DRAFT

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DRAFT Guidelines (PDF 3.57 MB)

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Courthouse Square Historic District Design Guidelines

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Courthouse Square Historic District Design Guidelines (PDF 5.05 MB)

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)

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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

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.