Historic Landmarks & Preservation Commission

  1. Restoring Historic Charm

The City of Columbus would like to thank HLPC for their generous gifts on continued improvements to the Fireman’s park Pavilion.  We are thrilled to have your support. Through their efforts, HLPC has been able to undertake much needed improvements at the Pavilion and continue to work towards keeping historic charm in our community.  You truly make the difference for Columbus, and we are extremely grateful!

HLPC is currently involved in Phase Three of the window restoration project.  The project includes installation of twelve widows on the Upper Level of the Ballroom.  Together with Thoughtful Craftsmen from Shorewood, WI., they are preserving the original beauty of the Pavilion.

Below are some photos sent to us on the windows being built to be installed in June of 2021.

**Windows were delivered this week in preparation for installation the week of May 31 - June 9th.  

The Historic Landmark Preservation Commission  has the power to designate historic structures, sites, and districts within the city limits. These designations are made subject to criteria found in local ordinances. This commission consists of 7 members serving staggering terms of 3 years each. The members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council. Terms begin on May 10th of the year of appointment.

Agendas & Minutes 

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

If you have interest in enhancing the look of your historic home or venue, CHLPC requires a review of the project to approve proposed changes.  Below are informational documents and applications to help you with your project.  Once approved, you will be awarded a Certificate of Appropriateness.  A Certificate of Appropriateness is simply a document stating that the proposed work is appropriate for the historic district and meets criteria in the local code.  


  1. Columbus Downtown Historic District
  2. Organizations Here to Help
  3. Procedures and Permits
  4. Permits and Procedures
  5. How to Obtain a Sign Permit
  6. Sign Permit Application
  7. Application Certificate of Appropriateness
  8. Building Inspector Information
  9. How to Obtain a COA
  10. Division 6 Muni Code
  11. Bldg. Plumbing & Electrical Permit
  12. Division 8 Muni Code
  13. SAFEbuilt Building Permit Application 


Name Term Expires
Ian Gray (Alder)
Retta Kurth 2022
Ruth Hermanson - Vice Chair 2022
Jan Ulrich 2023
Beth Altschwager - Treasurer 2023
vacant 2024
Michael Thom - Secretary 2024
Henry Elling 2024