Thursday, August 22, 2013

Council Member Guest Post - Chair Gary Winterton on Preserving Historic Landmarks in Provo

Knight Block Building
Many view historic buildings as a community asset, adding inherent value to the community by preserving history, identity and uniqueness (see the goals outlined in Vision 2030). Historical landmarks in Provo are recommended to the Council by the Landmarks Commission, which consists of seven Provo residents, appointed by the Mayor. The Council then makes a final determination to place the sites on the Provo City Landmarks Register.

Hannah Maria Libby Smith Home

Once on the register, these properties are required to maintain the historic character of the building and they can’t be torn down, except in extreme circumstances. The goal is to preserve these assets for generations to come.
Alma Van Wagenen House

But, there is another aspect to consider when requiring property owners to keep these historic buildings without substantial alterations. Historic buildings do have costs to upkeep and/or to rehabilitate in order to maintain their historic character.
Knight - Allen House

What is the right balance between preserving these community assets and the rights of the property owner to do what other people can do with their property?

As a Council Member, I’m committed to finding what the right balance is and potentially implement some measures to make that happen. Since historic preservation should reflect the values of the community, I’d like to know your thoughts on the balance between historic preservation, city involvement and property rights.


Should the city require significant historic properties to be preserved? free polls 

Please feel free to comment on this article and the issues it raises here.

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