The Historic Preservation Plan

The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee recommended approval of the Historic Preservation Plan at its December 18, 2019 meeting. Landmarks Commission recommended approval of the plan on January 27, 2020, and forwarded it to Common Council. The plan was introduced at Council on February 25, 2020, and is scheduled for review at Plan Commission on March 9, 2020. The Landmarks Commission will complete its review of the plan on March 16, 2020.

Please read the Draft Historic Preservation Plan

Upcoming Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee (LORC) Meeting Dates
All upcoming LORC meetings have been cancelled

August 1, 2019 Isthmus article
More than just pretty buildings: City aims to highlight the history of marginalized communities

February 4, 2019 Madison365.com article
Historic Preservation Plan Project Will Discover The Least Known About Madison's History

A More Complete Story Podcast
Listen to Amy Scanlon, Jason Tish, Toriana Pettaway and Meghan Randolph talk about the Historic Preservation Project

October 29, 2017 Wisconsin State Journal Article by Dean Mosiman
Read the article here

Project Overview

The City of Madison is creating its first ever Historic Preservation Plan. This plan will identify, celebrate and preserve the places that represent our collective histories. In addition, the ordinance standards for Madison's five local historic districts will be updated. The descriptions and materials related to both of these efforts can be found below.

Historic Preservation Plan

The Historic Preservation Plan will provide a framework for future preservation that goes beyond the City's current, primarily regulatory, role. It will recommend strategies to more effectively integrate historic preservation into public policy, explore zoning and land use tools, capitalize on economic development and financial incentives, and encourage heritage tourism. This process will employ strategies to engage, educate, and connect with all the groups that make up Madison's unique history, with a particular emphasis on traditionally underrepresented groups.

An important goal of the Preservation Plan is to preserve what is most important to Madison's fabric. It is necessary to have an inclusive, complete and accurate inventory of the places that create its story. This part of the process will build on current documentation of resources, identify gaps, and develop a strategy to ensure a complete, accurate, and expandable survey.

Kick Off Meeting
The City of Madison hosted a public meeting to kick off the Historic Preservation Project on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the Goodman Community Center.

The meeting included an introduction of the process by City staff and the consultant team for the two parts of the project - developing the Historic Preservation Plan and updating the existing local historic district ordinances. The meeting included interactive sessions regarding public engagement, discovery of underrepresented communities' histories and an overview of the preservation plan development and ordinance revisions.

View The Historic Preservation Project presentation.

November 2nd & 29th Community Values and Historic Resources Discovery Meetings
The City of Madison hosted two public meetings to discuss community values and discover historic resources on November 2 and 29, 2017. The meetings included presentations by City staff and the consultant team describing the Project and the need to gather values around historic preservation. The consultant explained that examples of value statements can come from adopted plans and policies, meeting comments and online survey results. The meetings also included interactive sessions to discover those places that attendees felt should be retained for future generations and why. From this discussion, the attendees began to develop value statements for further discussion.

View the November 2nd presentation
View the November 29th presentation

February 26, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 1
The City of Madison Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its first meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018. The Advisory Committee will advise staff, the consultants, and the Landmarks Commission on the development of the Historic Preservation Plan and related public engagement, and serve as a forum for public testimony and comments regarding the Plan process and its desired contents. At this first meeting, the Advisory Committee elected a Chair and Vice Chair and discussed procedures and the schedule of the committee. Staff and the consultants provided a presentation on the Plan process and the findings from previous meetings and other sources, including draft community value statements.

Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting - February 26, 2018
View the February 26th presentation
View the Revised Community Values
View the Revised Timeline

April 11, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 2
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its second meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the John Wall Pavilion, Tenney Park, 402 N Thornton Avenue. The Advisory Committee learned about the purpose of City plans and the benefits of historic preservation. The Committee discussed how the Historic Preservation Plan can go beyond the typical plan to be uniquely Madison.

Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting - April 11, 2018
View the April 11th presentation

May 3 and May 21, 2018 Community Goals & Objectives Meetings
The City of Madison hosted two public meetings to discuss community goals and objectives on May 3 and May 21, 2018. The meetings included presentations by City staff and the consultant team to describe the findings from the previous meetings and engage the public in conversations about the desired outcomes of the project. The meetings also included interactive activities and smaller group discussions.

May 3rd: 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Red Gym (716 Langdon Street), Wisconsin Room B&C
May 21st: 6:00pm - 7:30pm at East High School (2222 E Washington Avenue), Room 1042 LMC Gold

June 12, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 3
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its third meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm in Room 351 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Advisory Committee learned about the community input that has been received to date and discussed the draft goals and objectives.

Meeting Agenda - June 12, 2018
View the June 12th presentation

June 27, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 4
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its fourth meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm in Room GR-27 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Advisory Committee learned about the community input that has been received to date and discussed the draft goals and objectives.

Meeting Agenda - June 27, 2018
View the June 27th presentation
View the revised Goals and Objectives

October 10, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 5
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its fifth meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm in Room 351 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Advisory Committee discussed strategies related to the goals and objectives they previously endorsed. The draft list of strategies reflects those things the City is already doing, suggestions from public meetings, and ideas from staff and consultants. It is meant to be a list of strategies to facilitate the Committee's discussion and is not a list of recommendations.

Meeting Agenda - October 10, 2018
View the Goals, Objectives, and Strategies

December 12, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 6
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its sixth meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm in Room 207 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Advisory Committee members had reviewed and ranked the strategies related to each goal and objective, and discussed the prioritization of those strategies at this meeting.

Meeting Agenda - December 12, 2018
View the Committee's Initial Strategy Rankings

February 27, 2019 Historic Preservation Plan Open House
The City of Madison hosted an open house on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 5-7 pm in Room 215 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee, the consultant team, and City staff have been working to develop a framework that will guide the City's efforts and resources devoted to preservation in the coming years. The Committee started with identifying the community's values around historic preservation. Then, the Committee identified what we want to accomplish (goals), how we can do it (objectives), and actions to implement the plan (strategies). All of this has been based on public input received during public and Committee meetings, and through surveys, the project website, emails, and other activities. At the Open House, attendees discussed the potential strategies and the goals and objectives they relate to. They were asked to help identify the timing and potential partners to implement each strategy.

Meeting Flyer
Hmong Flyer
Español Flyer
Open House Agenda

July 10, 2019 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 7
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its seventh meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm in Room 206 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Committee met at the City-County Building to hear the consultant’s presentation of the draft Underrepresented Communities Historic Resources Survey Report and draft Strategy for Future Survey Work. The Committee discussed the methodology and findings of the Survey Report, and it was clarified that this would be a resource for the Historic Preservation Plan and other efforts, but would be a research document that builds on past survey work and could be expanded in the future. However, the Strategy for Future Survey Work would be integrated into the plan.

Meeting Agenda
View the Underrepresented Communities Intensive Survey Report (DRAFT)
View the Strategy for Future Survey Work (DRAFT)

July 17, 2019 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 8
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its eighth meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm in Room 215 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The consultants presented drafts of Chapter 4 (Goals, Objectives, & Strategies) and Chapter 5 (Implementation) at a meeting in the City-County Building. The table in Chapter 5, proposed a timeframe, cost estimate, responsible party, and potential partners for each recommended strategy to facilitate implementation of the plan recommendations.

Meeting Agenda
View the Draft Historic Preservation Plan - Chapter 4 (Goals, Objectives, & Strategies) and Chapter 5 (Implementation)

August 21, 2019 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 9
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its ninth meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm in Room 153 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Committee discussed comments received from the Madison Alliance for HIstoric Preservation, as well as their own perspectives, regarding the format and content of the draft.

Meeting Agenda
View the Partial Draft Plan

October 3, 2019 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 10
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its tenth meeting on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm in Room 215 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Committee continued discussion on potential revisions and edits to the draft plan and provided direction to staff and the consultants for the preparation of the final draft plan. The final draft plan was released prior to the November 20, 2019 Public Open House. It also served as the base document for approval by the Advisory Committee and the Landmarks Commission.

Meeting Agenda

November 20, 2019 Historic Preservation Plan Open House
The City of Madison hosted an open house on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 6-7:30 pm at Garver Feed Mill, 3241 Garver Green. The City of Madison hosted an open house on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Garver Feed Mill to gather input on the Final Draft Plan. Boards highlighting the process, underrepresented communities survey, goals and objectives, strategy for future survey work, and next steps were on display for the public to review. A video presentation of the underrepresented communities survey was available, along with printed plan reports.

Meeting Flyer
Open House Agenda
Historic Preservation Plan - 90% Draft

December 18, 2019 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 11
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its final meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm in Room 215 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Staff and the consultants presented the Final Draft Plan for review and comment, including public input received at the November 20, 2019 Open House. Final suggestions and approval were given to move the plan to the Landmarks Commission.

Meeting Agenda

Historic District Ordinance Revisions

Madison's five local historic districts each have their own ordinance requirements for additions, alterations, and new construction. Some of these ordinances are over 40 years old, and have not been modified since they were created. This process will analyze the historic resources in each district, examine successes and challenges, evaluate current ordinances, and propose new or revised ordinance language.

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - June 29, 2017

Landmarks Meeting - August 14, 2017

      Meeting Outcomes and Findings - August 14, 2017

LORC Meeting - September 14, 2017

      Meeting Outcomes & Findings - September 14, 2017

Round One Historic District Meetings:

      First Settlement - October 11, 2017

      Mansion Hill - October 11, 2017

      University Heights - October 30, 2017

      Marquette Bungalows - December 7, 2017

      Third Lake Ridge - December 7, 2017

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - December 18, 2017

Public Engagement Plan - Ordinance Revisions - January 29, 2018

Round Two Historic District Meetings:

Watch a video of the Round Two presentation

View the Powerpoint presentation

      First Settlement - September 6, 2018

      Marquette Bungalows - September 6, 2018

      University Heights - September 20, 2018

      Mansion Hill - September 27, 2018

      Third Lake Ridge - October 4, 2018

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - October 29, 2018

      View the Powerpoint presentation

Round Three Historic District Meetings:

View the Initial Round 3 Recommendations 11-19-18

      Marquette Bungalows - November 26, 2018

      Third Lake Ridge - December 10, 2018

      First Settlement - December 13, 2018

      Mansion Hill - December 19, 2018

      University Heights - January 10, 2019

View the Round 3 Recommendations - Revised 1-13-19

View the Round 3 Recommendations - Revised 1-13-19 - Tracked Changes from 11-19-18 Draft

Consultant Recommendations - Revised 1-13-19 - With Comments

View the Round 3 Public Comments

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - January 24, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - February 12, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - February 28, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - March 14, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - April 10, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - June 25, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - July 30, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - August 20, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - August 29, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - October 30, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - November 18, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - December 10, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - December 17, 2019

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - January 14, 2020

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - January 23, 2020

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - February 12, 2020

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - March 10, 2020

Consultant Team

To assist with the development of the Historic Preservation Plan and the revisions to the ordinance standards for the local historic districts, the City has engaged a team of consultants. The consultant team is comprised of a variety of professionals to deliver the specific experience and insight needed for the development of the Historic Preservation Plan.  The team includes several professional historic preservation consultants, a historic preservation architect, and an urban planner and public participation specialist.

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Legacy Architecture, Inc. is an architectural design and historic preservation consulting firm based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, founded by Jennifer L. Lehrke.  Legacy Architecture has earned a statewide reputation as one of the leading providers of historic preservation design and consulting services in Wisconsin.  Legacy Architecture has nominated properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and has completed numerous architectural and historical intensive surveys in urban, small town suburban and rural communities across Wisconsin.  Please visit the Legacy Architecture, Inc. website for more information www.legacy-architecture.com.

Jennifer L. Lehrke, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, will serve as a Principal Architect & Historic Preservation Consultant, and Bob Short, Associate AIA and Rowan Davidson, Associate AIA, will serve as Historic Preservation Consultants for the Historic Preservation Plan project.

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Ce Planning Studio is an urban planning consulting firm based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, founded by Carolyn J. Esswein.  Ce Planning Studio is known for urban design, design guideline and code development, public participation strategies and implementation, community redevelopment planning, and comprehensive planning.  Ce Planning Studio has completed numerous neighborhood revitalization plans and cultural resource chapters in comprehensive plans in Wisconsin.  Please visit the Ce Planning Studio website for more information www.ceplanningstudio.com.

Carolyn J. Esswein, AICP, CNU-A, will serve as the Urban Planner & Public Participation Specialist for the project.

Other Historic Preservation Consultants include:
Timothy F. Heggland, Historic Preservation Consultant, has worked on numerous historic preservation projects for the City of Madison and other Wisconsin communities over the past several decades.  Tim's vast knowledge of Madison's local history and architectural resources will serve as an invaluable resource for the planning effort.

Jason Tish, Historic Preservation Consultant and founder of Archetype Historic Property Consultants, has worked on numerous historic tax credit, small-cap TIF, and façade improvement grant projects as well as local, state, and federal nominations for historic designation.  Prior to starting Archetype, Jason served as the Executive Director of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and brings a wealth of knowledge of Madison's more recent local history and architectural resources. For more information please visit their website at: http://www.archetype-hpc.com/.

 

Last Updated: 05/21/2020

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