The Historic Preservation Commission is charged with the "protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of improvements or sites of special character or special architectural, archeological or historic interest or value."
The Commission is made up of five members and two alternates appointed by the Mayor and subject to approval by the Common Council. The Historic Preservation Commission, if possible, consists of: an architect, an alderperson, a licensed real estate broker, two members shall have historian, restoration craftsperson, or architectural history credentials or expertise, or other historic preservation related disciplines such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography or cultural anthropology, and two alternate members with the above qualifications. The members shall serve staggered, three-year terms, and the alderperson shall serve the length of the aldermanic term. Terms shall expire May 1 of each year.