Historic Resources Board (HRB)

The City Clerk’s Office continuously accepts applications for all Boards and Commissions. 
Apply here for the Historic Resources Board

Chair: Martin Bernstein
Vice Chair: Margaret Wimmer
Staff Liaison: Matthew Weintraub, Historic Planner- 650-329-2247
Council Liaison: Council Member Karen Holman
hrb@cityofpaloalto.org

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
Term Expires: 12/15/2017
Biography

BOWER, David
250 Hamilton Ave., 94301
329-8564 (o)
Term Expires: 12/15/2016
Biography

BUNNENBERG, Beth
2351 Ramona St., 94301
326-3813 (h)
Term Expires: 12/15/2016
Biography

DI CICCO, Patricia
250 Hamilton Ave., 94301
380-5150 (c)
Term Expires: 12/15/2016
Biography

KOHLER, Roger
721 Colorado St., #102, 94303
328-1086 (o)
Term Expires: 12/15/2017
Biography

MAKINEN, Michael
851 University Ave., 94301
604-4740 (o)
Term Expires: 12/15/2017
Biography

WIMMER, Margaret
250 Hamilton Ave., 94301
Term Expires: 12/15/2017
Biography


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

2016
July 28, 2016     Agenda and Packet
July 14, 2016     Agenda and Packet
June 09, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
May 26, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
May 12, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
April 28, 2016 Cancellation        
April 21, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
April 14, 2016 Cancellation        
March 17, 3016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
March 10, 2017 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
February 11, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
January 28, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
January 14, 2016 Cancellation         

Past Agendas and Minutes
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016
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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