Historic Preservation Board

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About the Board:

The Historic Preservation Board advises the Governing Body on decisions regarding historic preservation.  Members of the Board are appointed by the Mayor. The Board is comprised of eleven members with various skills and knowledge.

Historic Preservation Board Meetings

The Historic Preservation Board meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers. Work sessions may be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at various locations at 5:30 p.m.  Agendas are available one week prior to the meeting.  Minutes are available 1-2 meetings after the respective meeting. Subscribe to this page for updates including new Agendas and Minutes. 

Agendas, Minutes, and Future Meetings 

Agendas are typically available five-days prior to the meeting date and minutes are available after approval at subsequent meetings. Minutes are typically posted within 60-days of the meeting. Anticipated future meetings are also listed.  

                           

Members

  • Milward Simpson, Chair
  • Max Carre', Vice Chair
  • Cathie Tabor-Douglas, Secretary
  • Jason Bogstie
  • Gary Sims
  • David Benner
  • John Brewster
  • Don Herrold
  • Josh Chrysler
  • Amber Conwell
  • Libby Bales


Mission Statement

Preserve the historic integrity of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Board Rules of Practice

Annual Report

The Board must submit an Annual Report to the State Historic Preservation Office. This report includes a summary of Board activities for the year, copies of minutes from October to September, and the Board's strategic plan.

2021 Annual Report(PDF, 2MB)

Strategic Plan

The Board met on Saturday, March 5th, from 9 am to 1 pm to update the working strategic plan for 2022. This meeting was held at 719 E. 17th Street and was open to the public. Please click on the link below to view the latest strategic planning document in PDF format.

2022 Strategic Plan(PDF, 150KB)

   

Historic Preservation Projects and Resources

Resources

Resources Available at the Planning Office

National Historic District Nomination Briefs

Maps of Historic Districts

Brochures
*These should print on 8-1/2 x 11 paper except for the historic districts which should print on 8-1/2 x 14, or come into the office at the address listed below and pick one up.

Resources Available at the Public Library

The Laramie County Library has a collection of books on the preservation and restoration of historic buildings. They also have City Directories which can provide you with a history of who lived in your property (starting about 1925 to the present).

 

 

FAQs

What is a historic district?

A historic district is a group of buildings that has been designated on the National Register of Historic Places as a historically or architecturally significant area.

What is a historic landmark?

A historic landmark is a historic property that illustrates the heritage of the United States and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This can take the form of a building, district, object, site, or structure.

What is the National Register of Historic Places?

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of the National Park Service’s program to protect historic and archaeological resources under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

What are the benefits of listing a historic district in the National Register?

When a Historic District is designated in the National Register, it contributes to preserving those historic properties in the following ways:

  • Recognition that a property has historic or cultural significance to the community.
  • Consideration in planning for Federal, Federally licensed, and Federally assisted projects.
  • Eligibility for Federal tax provisions (this applies more to commercial and some rental residential buildings)
  • Qualification for Federal assistance for historic preservation when funds are available.

What is a contributing structure?

A contributing structure is any building within the district which adds to the historical integrity or architectural qualities that make the district significant.

How are contributing structures determined?

Contributing structures are evaluated based on significance, age, and integrity.

  • Significance: Is the property associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of Cheyenne’s history? Is it associated with the lives of persons significant in Cheyenne’s past? Does it embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction?
  • Age and Integrity: Is the property at least 50 years old? Does it still look much the way it did in the past?

Are there restrictions on contributing structures in historic districts?

To demolish or move the structure, the property owner will need to obtain approval from the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board. In addition to this, the Board encourages property owners to review the proposed Demolition by Neglect Ordinance at cheyennecity.org/chpb as this will pertain to historic properties.

What is a Certificate of Appropriateness and when is it required?

A Certificate of Appropriateness is a document approving new construction, significant alteration, or improvements for any property located within the Governor’s Mansion Protective Area (the area from 22nd St. on the north, 20th St. on the south, Evans on the east, and House on the west).

How can a property owner obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness?

An applicant can fill out the Certificate of Appropriateness Application on the Planning and Development webpage. Within 21 days of the application submittal, the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing to review the proposal. The applicant can attend the public hearing and speak on their proposal. After the close of the public hearing, the Board will either approve, approve with conditions, deny, or postpone action on the application.

 

      

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Contact 

For questions about Historic Preservation in Cheyenne, please contact Lonnie Olson, Planner I, at (307) 637-6307 or lolson@cheyennecity.org.