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Landmarks and Historic Preservation

Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission

Meetings: 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm Council Chambers, Room 300, Medford City Hall.

View a list of current Landmark and Historic Preservation Commissioners and read minutes of past meetings.

 LHPC Members
The Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission (LHPC) reviews proposals for exterior changes to historic properties and sites located within the Medford Historic
Preservation Overlay zone.  Established to protect, enhance, and perpetuate historic structures, sites or districts of special historic value, the Historic Preservation Overlay covers the Downtown Historic District, the South Oakdale and Geneva-Minnesota Historic Districts, the Corning Court Ensemble, and individual structures and areas listed on the National Register. See Historic District Maps for boundaries.
Read more about Medford's Historic Districts and the LHPC.

Improvements Requiring Historic Review

Most exterior changes to structures within the Historic Preservation Overlay must undergo review before they occur.
These include:

  • Exterior renovations or additions and maintenance that noticeably change             an exterior
  •  Repainting
  •  Signs

     To assist owners of structures in the Historic Preservation Overlay as they plan exterior changes to their buildings, LHPC has adopted Guidelines for:

  • New Construction
  • Sign Approval
  • Paint and Roofing   
     Simple, quick, over-the-counter reviews are available for property owners wanting to simply repaint or reroof a structure in a residential historic district.

     Exterior alterations and/or new construction within the Historic Preservation Overlay (except those related to signage or exterior color) must conform to The Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. For more information, check the following resources:

For assistance, contact Planning Department staff at (541) 774-2380

Preservation Updates

  LHPC sponsors and encourages historic preservation projects throughout the city. Recent projects include:


     Preservation projects of outstanding merit are recognized by the LHPC with plaques and certificates.



2015 Historic Preservation Awards