Meeting Schedule: 1st Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall
City Staff Liaison: Erica Eklov (269) 329-4400
This nine-member commission is charged with reviewing plans and applications for the construction, alteration, repair of historic properties. In addition, the commission maintains the roster of established and potential districts, may initiate district modification procedures and reviews proposed exterior changes to homes within the Portage Historic District.
For the city's 50th anniversary in 2013, the Commission has been charged with publication of a self-guided city trails/historic properties tour and online publication of Grace Potts' 1976 book Portage and its Past. Check back for updates!
In addition, the annual Homeowners Gathering is an event hosted by the Commission each May in coordination with national "Preservation Month" and is open to the public. The 14th Annual Preservation Gathering will be Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Stuart Manor (Celery Flats). The 2013 Event will have a unique focus on city history in honor of Portage's 50th Anniversary and will feature a presentation by Portage District Library Local History Librarian Steve Rossio.
The Commission also promotes Where the Trails Crossed. The 67-page full color book highlights the story of 42 of the oldest properties in the City of Portage. Where the Trails Crossed is available at Portage City Hall for $5. To view a map of the location of Portage Historic District homes / sites, click here.