Historic Resources Board (HRB)

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Chair: David Bower
Vice Chair: Brandon Corey
Staff Liaison: Amy French, Chief Planning Official - 650-329-2336
Council Liaison: Council Member Tom DuBois


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

Term Expires: 12/15/2020
David Bower BOWER, David
329-8564 (o)
Term Expires: 12/15/2019
                           COREY, Brandon
Term Expires: 12/15/2019
Roger Kohler KOHLER, Roger
328-1086 (o)
Term Expires: 12/15/2020
Michael Makinen MAKINEN, Michael
Term Expires: 12/15/2020
Deborah Shepherd SHEPHERD, Deborah
Term Expires: 12/15/2019
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


 February 14, 2019 Agenda and Packet  Minutes  Video 
January 24, 2019    Cancelled                                           


December 13, 2018  Agenda and Packet     
November 22, 2018  Cancelled    
November 8, 2018  Agenda and Packet  Minutes Video
 October 25, 2018 Cancelled     
 October 11, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
 September 27, 2018  Agenda and Packet Minutes  Video
 September 13, 2018  Cancelled    
 August 23, 2018  Cancelled    
 August 9, 2018  Cancelled    
 July 26, 2018  Cancelled    
 July 12, 2018 Cancelled    
 June 28, 2018  Cancelled    
 June 14, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
 May 24, 2018 Cancelled    
 May 8, 2018 Cancelled    
April 26, 2018  Agenda and Packet  Minutes Video
April 12, 2018  Cancelled     
March 22, 2018 Cancelled     
March 8, 2018 Cancelled     
February 22, 2018  Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
February 8, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
January 25, 2018 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
January 11, 2018 Cancelled                     

Past Agendas and Minutes