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.
The commission is governed by the Michigan Local Historic Districts Act (PA 169 of 1970) in conjunction with Section 38 of the Portage Code of Ordinances. For more information on specific treatment or project guidelines, see the National Park Service's Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines at www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm.
Portage and Its Past by Grace J. Potts - Digital Format
First published in 1976 by Portage Public Schools and the Portage Library, Ms. Potts’ Portage and Its Past is one of the first comprehensive histories written about the area. The book also features drawings by Derek Rexton Rainey and photographs by Paul Butch. The HDC was able to duplicate the book with the support and collaboration of Portage Public Schools.
Portage and Its Past (PDF File - part one)
Portage and Its Past (PDF File - part two)
Portage and Its Past (PDF File - part three)
PHDC Trading Card Program
The PHDC Trading Card Program involves a series of 9 handheld cards, each highlighting a select property from the 40 existing historic sites in Portage.
Springing from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2013 theme “See! Save! Celebrate!” the goal is to shine a spotlight on Portage’s distinct historic places through encouraging people to see these places, work to save them for future generations, and celebrate their vital role in the community. Portage’s historic properties illustrate the city’s early beginnings, highlighting the journey from township to 50 years as a city.
The cards are available to collect for $1.00 per series and can be purchased at the following locations, while supplies last:
- Portage City Hall
- Byce & Associates Offices (487 Portage Street, Kalamazoo)
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.
HDC Meetings and Minutes