Historic Resources Board

The City Clerk’s Office continuously accepts applications for all Boards and Commissions. The City is currently accepting applications for four 3-year terms on the Historic Resources Board apply here by September 22.

Chair: Roger Kohler
Vice Chair: Michael Makinen
Staff Liaison: Amy French, Chief Planning Official - 650-329-2336
Council Liaison: Liz Kniss

The Historic Resources Board is composed of seven members appointed by the City Council and serves without pay. The responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Reviewing and making recommendations to the Architectural Review Board on proposed exterior changes of commercial and multiple-family buildings on the Historic Building Inventory
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on exterior changes of significant (Categories 1 and 2) single-family residences on the Historic Building Inventory
  • Researching and making recommendations to the City Council on proposed additions and on reclassifications of existing buildings on the Inventory; and
  • Performing other functions as may be delegated from time to time to the Historic Resources Board by the City Council
  • Members have demonstrated interest in and knowledge of history, architecture or historic preservation. One (1) member is an owner/occupant of a category one or two historic structure, or of a structure in an historic district; three (3) members are architects, landscape architects, building designers or other design professionals and at least one (1) member possesses academic education or practical experience in history or a related field.

Current Members

BERNSTEIN, Martin
250 Hamilton Ave., 94301
324-9610
Term Expires: 10/31/2014

BUNNENBERG, Beth
2351 Ramona Street, 94301
326-3813 (h)
Term Expires: 10/31/2016

Di CICCO, Patricia
250 Hamilton Avenue, 94301
380-5150 (c)
Term Expires: 10/31/2016

BOWER, David
250 Hamilton Ave.
329-8564
Term Expires: 10/31/2016

KOHLER, Roger
721 Colorado Ave. #102, 94303
328-1086 (o)
Term Expires: 10/31/2014

MAKINEN, Michael
851 University Avenue 94301
604-4740 (o)
Term Expires: 10/31/2014

WIMMER, Margaret
P.O. Box 60681, 94306
646-1610
Term Expires: 10/31/2014

Terms are for three years and commence on November 1. See PAMC Chapters 2.16, 2.27 and 16.49. In order to be notified of vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the City Clerk's Office at 650-329-2571.

Regular meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and are cablecast live on Government Channel 16. Please check the Schedule of City Meetings for exact dates, times and location.

Historic Resources Board Meeting Procedures

The normal order of public hearings for agenda items is as follows:

  • HRB Chair announces agenda item and opens public hearing.
  • Staff presents recommendation on project.
  • Applicant gives presentation.
  • Historic Resources Board may question the applicant/staff.
  • Public is allowed to comment.
  • Applicant provides closing comments.
  • HRB Chair closes public hearing and Board discusses item.
  • Board takes action on project.
Last Updated: Sep 2, 2014
405 Lincoln Project Information
Environmental Impact Report for house replacement in the Professorville Historic District.
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Historic Preservation Links
A wealth of information on the rehabilitation of historic buildings, and on many other subjects of historical interest
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Historic Resources Board (HRB) Application Review Process
The HRB reviews only those alterations that require a building permit, unless the applicant requests other types of review.
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Historic Resources Board (HRB) Application Procedure for Alterations (Single-Family And Duplex Projects)
The Historic Resources Board application procedure is different for single-family and duplex projects than for multi-family and commercial projects.
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Historic Resources Board (HRB) Application Procedure for Alterations (Multi-Family And Commercial Projects)
The Historic Resources Board application procedure is different for single-family and duplex projects than for multi-family and commercial projects.
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Historic Inventory Category Information
Introduction to Historic Inventory and information about Historic Inventory Categories
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Historic Preservation Incentives and Exceptions
Palo Alto's incentive program for historic preservation is found in various locations in the Municipal Code
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2014
September 17, 2014 - Historic Resources Board - CANCELLED MEETING
Revision Date: 9/17/2014
September 3, 2014 - Historic Resources Boad CANCELLED MEETING
Revision Date: 9/3/2014
August 20, 2014 - Historic Resource Board Agenda & Full Packet
Revision Date: 8/20/2014
August 6, 2014 - Historic Resources Board Agenda and Full Packet
Revision Date: 8/6/2014
July 16, 2014 - Historic Resources Board - CANCELLED MEETING
Revision Date: 7/16/2014
July 2, 2014 - Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 7/2/2014
June 18, 2014 - Historic Resources Board Meeting - CANCELLED MEETING
Revision Date: 6/18/2014
June 4, 2014 - Historic Resources Board - CANCELLED MEETING
Revision Date: 6/4/2014
April 16, 2014 - Historic Resources Board Agenda and Full Packet
Revision Date: 4/16/2014
April 2, 2014 - Historic Resources Board - CANCELLED MEETING
Revision Date: 4/2/2014
March 19, 2014 - Historic Resources Board Agenda and Full Packet
Revision Date: 3/19/2014
March 5, 2014 - Historic Resources Board - CANCELLED MEETING
Revision Date: 3/5/2014
February 5, 2014 - Notice of Cancelled Meeting
Revision Date: 2/5/2014
2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 12/13/2013
Item #1 - Professorville Design Guidelines
Revision Date: 12/13/2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 11/6/2013
1027 Bryant Street - Full set of plans
Revision Date: 11/6/2013
1027 Bryant Street
Revision Date: 11/6/2013
October 16, 2013 - Notice of Cancelled Meeting
Revision Date: 10/16/2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 9/18/2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 8/21/2013
Item #1 - 2080 Channing Avenue
Revision Date: 8/21/2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 6/19/2013
Item #1 - 1027 Bryant Street
Revision Date: 6/19/2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 6/5/2013
505 Embarcadero Road - Item #1
Revision Date: 6/5/2013
456 University Avenue - Item #2 - Attachment F to I
Revision Date: 6/5/2013
456 University Avenue - Item #2
Revision Date: 6/5/2013
345 Forest Avenue - Item #4
Revision Date: 6/5/2013
2080 Channing Avenue - Item #3
Revision Date: 6/5/2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 5/15/2013
Item #1 - 329 Lincoln Avenue
Revision Date: 5/15/2013
Item #2 - 505 Embarcadero Road
Revision Date: 5/15/2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 5/1/2013
Revision Date: 5/1/2013
Item #2 - 505 Embarcadero Road
Revision Date: 5/1/2013
Item #1 - 329 Lincoln Avenue
Revision Date: 5/1/2013
Agenda
Revision Date: 1/16/2013
Item #1 - 1305 Middlefield Road
Revision Date: 1/16/2013
2012
Agenda
Revision Date: 12/19/2012
Item #1 - 345 Forest Avenue
Revision Date: 12/19/2012
Agenda
Revision Date: 12/5/2012
Item #1 - 261 Hamilton Avenue
Revision Date: 12/5/2012
Item #2 - 27 University Avenue - The other attachments (A, B, C, D, and V) are listed in the staff report are found in the City Council CMR for December 3, 2012.
Revision Date: 12/5/2012
Agenda
Revision Date: 7/17/2012
411 Lytton Avenue - Item #1
Revision Date: 7/17/2012
1213 Newell Road - Item #2
Revision Date: 7/17/2012
2011
April 20, 2011 - Cancellation meeting notice
Revision Date: 8/12/2011
August 3, 2011 - Notice of cancelled meeting
Revision Date: 8/1/2011
July 20, 2011 - Notice of cancelled meeting
Revision Date: 7/14/2011
Agenda
Revision Date: 7/1/2011
2080 Channing Avenue
Revision Date: 7/1/2011
Agenda
Revision Date: 6/9/2011
668 Ramona Street Item #2
Revision Date: 6/9/2011
370 Addison Avenue Item #1
Revision Date: 6/9/2011
Agenda
Revision Date: 5/26/2011
1005 University Avenue Item 1
Revision Date: 5/26/2011
Agenda
Revision Date: 5/12/2011
Professorville District - Item 2
Revision Date: 5/12/2011
630 Ramona Street - Item 1
Revision Date: 5/12/2011
Notice
Revision Date: 4/14/2011
Agenda
Revision Date: 3/31/2011
Stanford University Medical Center - Renovation of the Hoover Pavilion
Revision Date: 3/31/2011
365 Lincoln Staff Report
Revision Date: 3/11/2011
Agenda
Revision Date: 2/24/2011
Memo for 1213 Newell Road - Main Library
Revision Date: 2/24/2011
Agenda
Revision Date: 2/10/2011
Staff Report - 300 Homer Avenue
Revision Date: 2/10/2011
Agenda
Revision Date: 1/28/2011
CLG Report for 2009-2010
Revision Date: 1/28/2011
Staff Report - Stanford University Medical Center
Revision Date: 1/28/2011
2010
Staff Report - 405 Lincoln Avenue
Revision Date: 11/10/2010
Staff Report - 661 Bryant Street
Revision Date: 11/10/2010
Letter from the owner
Revision Date: 9/30/2010
Staff Report - 405 Lincoln Avenue
Revision Date: 9/30/2010
405 Lincoln Avenue - letters from the public
Revision Date: 9/1/2010
405 Lincoln Avenue Staff Report
Revision Date: 8/27/2010
Historic Resources Board - Item #1 - April 21, 2010
Revision Date: 4/19/2010
Historic Resources Board - Agenda, April 21, 2010
Revision Date: 4/15/2010
Historic Resources Board - Agenda March 3, 2010
Revision Date: 2/26/2010
Historic Resources Board - Item #3 - March 3, 2010
Revision Date: 2/26/2010
Historic Resources Board - Staff Report - March 3, 2010
Revision Date: 2/26/2010
Historic Resources Board - Agenda February 3, 2010
Revision Date: 1/29/2010
Historic Resources Board - Staff Report
Revision Date: 1/29/2010
Review of 2009 Annual Report - Children's Library - #2
Revision Date: 1/29/2010
2009
November 4, 2009 - Notice of Cancelled Meeting
Revision Date: 11/4/2009
October 21, 2009 - Notice of Cancelled Meeting
Revision Date: 10/15/2009
October 7, 2009 - Notice of Cancelled Meeting
Revision Date: 9/29/2009
Agenda for HRB on September 2, 2009
Revision Date: 9/2/2009
HRB meeting of 8/19/09 is continued to Wednesday, 9/2/09
Revision Date: 8/18/2009
July 15, 2009 - Historic Resources Board - Staff Report/Green Building
Revision Date: 7/9/2009
July 15, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 7/9/2009
July 1, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Notice of cancelled meeting
Revision Date: 6/25/2009
June17, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 6/10/2009
June17, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Staff Report - 265 Lytton Avenue
Revision Date: 6/10/2009
June 3, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Notice of cancelled meeting
Revision Date: 5/28/2009
May 6 & 20, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Notice of cancelled meetings
Revision Date: 4/30/2009
April 15, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 4/9/2009
April 15, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Staff Report
Revision Date: 4/9/2009
March 18, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 3/13/2009
March 4, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Notice of cancelled meeting
Revision Date: 2/26/2009
February 18, 2009 Historic Resources Board Staff Report
Revision Date: 2/13/2009
February 18, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 2/12/2009
February 4, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Notice of cancelled meeting
Revision Date: 1/30/2009
2300 Wellesley Avenue
Revision Date: 1/20/2009
January 21, 2009 - Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 1/16/2009
2008
December 17, 2008 and January 7, 2009 Historic Resources Board Cancelled Notice Meeting
Revision Date: 12/11/2008
December 3, 2008, Historic Resources Board Cancelled Notice Meeting
Revision Date: 11/25/2008
November 19, 2008 - Cancellation notice of meeting
Revision Date: 11/13/2008
November 5, 2008, Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 10/30/2008
November 5, 2008, Historic Resources Board Staff Report
Revision Date: 10/30/2008
October 15, 2008, Historic Resources Board #1
Revision Date: 10/9/2008
October 15, 2008, Historic Resources Board #2
Revision Date: 10/9/2008
October 15, 2008, Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 10/9/2008
October 1, 2008 Historic Resources Board Agenda - cancelled
Revision Date: 9/29/2008
September 3 and 17, 2008, Historic Resources Board Cancelled Notice Meeting
Revision Date: 8/29/2008
August 20, 2008 - Staff Report #1
Revision Date: 8/15/2008
August 20, 2008 Agenda
Revision Date: 8/15/2008
August 6, 2008 - Staff Report #2 Part 1
Revision Date: 7/31/2008
August 6, 2008 - Staff Report #2 Part 2
Revision Date: 7/31/2008
August 6, 2008 - Staff Report #2 Part 3
Revision Date: 7/31/2008
August 6, 2008 Agenda
Revision Date: 7/31/2008
July 16, 2008, Historic Resources Board Cancelled Notice Meeting
Revision Date: 7/2/2008
June 18, 2008, Historic Resources Board Cancelled Notice Meeting
Revision Date: 6/12/2008
June 4, 2008, Historic Resources Board Cancelled Notice Meeting
Revision Date: 6/3/2008
May 21, 2008, Historic Resources Board Cancelled Notice Meeting
Revision Date: 5/15/2008
May 7, 2008, Historic Resources Board Staff Report - 564 University
Revision Date: 5/5/2008
April 16, 2008, Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 5/1/2008
May 7, 2008, Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 5/1/2008
April 16, 2008 Agenda - 1030 Ramona Street - Item #1
Revision Date: 4/15/2008
April 16, 2008 Agenda - 345 Lincoln Avenue- Item #2
Revision Date: 4/15/2008
April 16, 2008 Agenda - Green Building Regulations - Item #3
Revision Date: 4/15/2008
April 16, 2008 Agenda - Item #4
Revision Date: 4/15/2008
April 16, 2008, Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 4/14/2008
February 20, 2008 - 1303 Waverley - Item #1
Revision Date: 3/24/2008
March 19, 2008 Historic Resources Board Agenda - cancelled
Revision Date: 3/17/2008
March 5, 2008 Staff Report on 2300 Wellesley - Item #1
Revision Date: 3/3/2008
March 5, 2008, Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 2/29/2008
February 6, 2008 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 2/4/2008
2007
345 Lincoln Avenue - Application by Cody Anderson Wasney Architects for alterations and additions to the Charles Benjamin Wing house and water tower.
Revision Date: 12/17/2007
October 3, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 10/3/2007
September 19, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 9/13/2007
September 5, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 9/5/2007
August 15, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 8/15/2007
August 15, 2007 Historic Resources Board Minutes
Revision Date: 8/15/2007
August 15, 2007 Historic Resources Board Staff Report - 1245 Waverly Street. Application for Historic Resources Board review and recommendation to add two large new dormers and an additional second story floor area to a contributing residence in the Professorville Historic Distirct
Revision Date: 8/15/2007
August 15, 2007 Historic Resources Board Staff Report - 212-214 Homer Avenue. Request by Lippert & Lippert Design for Historic Resources Board review of final window mullion dimensions of the new storefronts of the previously approved project for compatibility with the historic building.
Revision Date: 8/15/2007
August 15, 2007 Historic Resources Board Staff Report - 1213 Newell Road Main Library Memorandum. Study session at the request of Group 4 Architecture, on behalf of the City of Palo Alto, regarding proposed minor additions to the existing Main Library.
Revision Date: 8/15/2007
August 1, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda - Meeting Cancelled
Revision Date: 8/1/2007
July 18, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda - Meeting Cancelled
Revision Date: 7/18/2007
June 20, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 6/20/2007
June 20, 2007 Historic Resources Board Minutes
Revision Date: 6/20/2007
June 6, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda - Meeting Cancelled
Revision Date: 6/6/2007
May 16, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda - Meeting Cancelled
Revision Date: 5/16/2007
May 2, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 5/2/2007
May 2, 2007 Historic Resources Board Minutes
Revision Date: 5/2/2007
April 18, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda - Meeting Cancelled
Revision Date: 4/18/2007
April 4, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 4/4/2007
April 4, 2007 Historic Resources Board Minutes
Revision Date: 4/4/2007
March 21, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 3/21/2007
March 21, 2007 Historic Resources Board Minutes
Revision Date: 3/21/2007
March 7, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 3/7/2007
March 7, 2007 Historic Resources Board Minutes
Revision Date: 3/7/2007
February 21, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda - Meeting Cancelled
Revision Date: 2/21/2007
January 17, 2007 Historic Resources Board Agenda
Revision Date: 1/17/2007
January 17, 2007 Historic Resources Board Minutes
Revision Date: 1/17/2007