Historic Resources Board (HRB)

Pursuant to the provisions of California Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20, issued on March 17, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Historic Resources Board meetings will be held by virtual teleconference only, with no physical location. The meeting will be broadcast on Cable TV Channel 26 and live on the Midpen Media Center website. Members of the public who wish to participate by computer or phone can find the instructions below. To ensure participation in a particular item, we suggest calling in or connecting online 15 minutes before the item you wish to speak on.


The City continuously accepts applications for all Boards and Commissions.

Apply for the Historic Resources Board page by visiting our Boards and Commissions Recruitment page.

Chair: David Bower
Vice Chair: Deborah Shepherd
Staff Liaison: Amy French, Chief Planning Official - 650-329-2336
Council Liaison: Council Member Alison Cormack


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.

Commission Members

Term Expires: 12/15/2020
David Bower BOWER, David
329-8564 (o)
Term Expires: 12/15/2022 
Roger Kohler KOHLER, Roger
328-1086 (o)
Term Expires: 12/15/2020
Michael Makinen MAKINEN, Michael
Term Expires: 12/15/2020
PEASE, Christian
Term Expires: 12/15/2022
Deborah Shepherd SHEPHERD, Deborah
Term Expires: 12/15/2022
Margaret Wimmer WIMMER, Margaret
Term Expires: 12/15/2020

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.

Effective March 1, 2015, regular meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month and are cablecast live on Government Channel 26. Please check the Schedule of City Meetings for exact dates, times and location.

Historic Resources Board Meeting Procedures

By-laws of the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board
Rules and Regulations of the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board

2021 Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
January 28, 2021 Cancelled    
January 14, 2021 Cancelled    

2020 Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
December 24, 2020 Cancelled     
December 10, 2020 Cancelled    
November 26, 2020 Cancelled    
November 12, 2020 Cancelled    
October 22, 2020 Cancelled    
October 8, 2020 Cancelled    
September 24, 2020 Agenda and Packet    Video
September 10, 2020 Cancelled    
August 27, 2020 Cancelled    
August 13, 2020 Cancelled    
July 23, 2020 Cancelled    
July 9, 2020 Cancelled    
June 25, 2020 Cancelled    
June 11, 2020 Cancelled    
May 14, 2020 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
April 23,2020 Cancelled    
April 9, 2020 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
March 26, 2020 Cancelled    
March 12, 2020 Cancelled    
February 27, 2020 Cancelled    
February 13, 2020 Agenda and Packet Minutes  Video
January 23, 2020    Cancelled                                           

Past Agendas and Minutes

405 Lincoln Project Information
Environmental Impact Report for house replacement in the Professorville Historic District.
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