The Historic Preservation Plan
Help us discover Madison history!
The City of Madison is creating a Historic Preservation Plan and is looking for your help in identifying the places that have shaped the cultural, social, and physical character of the city. These places, no matter how big or small, are important in representing the collective history of all Madison residents. Please help us out by taking a picture of you (or part of you) at a place in Madison that is significant you, your family, or community and tell us why you value it! Then send an email with the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind the following rules and general conditions:
- Be creative
- The picture must be taken at an existing place in the city of Madison, Wisconsin. Make sure that you or part of you is in the picture (it is a selfie contest)
- The story has to be real and no longer than 140 characters (like Twitter)
- All semifinalists will have their pictures on social media platforms and if you have Facebook and/or Instagram, we would love to see your picture with as many likes as you can!
- If you are using a photo filter, make sure it doesn't modify the real look of the place
- Many people could appear in the picture. However, the people identifiable in the picture have to authorize you to publish it.
- If you are 18 years old or younger, find an adult to be your legal guardian. You will need this person to receive the money if you win.
- Smile if you can!
- If possible, share our social media accounts with your friends and family!
The City Historic Preservation Plan staff will evaluate all entities and the final award will be made by the Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee at an upcoming meeting.
The City reserves the right to determine entry eligibility and make final decisions on the awarding of up to three prizes
The contest will run for two months: from September 1st to October 31st
JOIN US FOR OUR UPCOMING HISTORIC DISTRICT ORDINANCE REVISIONS MEETINGS:
First Settlement - September 6 at 5:00 pm at Madison Gas and Electric, 601 Railroad St
Marquette Bungalows - September 6 at 7:00 pm at Madison Gas and Electric, 601 Railroad St
University Heights - September 20 at 7:00 pm at the Best Western InnTowner, 2424 University Ave
Mansion Hill - September 27 at 5:30 pm at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W Mifflin St
Third Lake Ridge - October 4 at 7:00 pm at Bethany Evangelical Church, 301 Riverside Dr
We're on Facebook and Instagram!
The City of Madison Historic Preservation Plan has a Facebook page and an Instagram account.
An online surveywas created to allow people to share their preservation priorities to provide guidance for future areas of focus. The survey was available online and in print, was open for approximately three months, and was completed by 755 respondents. The survey provided a means to reach a broad base of people and opinions and establish a baseline of perspectives. Notification about the survey was emailed to known interested parties, posted on the project website, and announced at all public meetings for both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Historic Preservation Project.
A More Complete Story Podcast
Listen to Amy Scanlon, Jason Tish, Toriana Pettaway and Meghan Randolph talk about the Historic Preservation Project
October 29, 2017 Wisconsin State Journal Article by Dean Mosiman
Read the article here
The City of Madison is creating its first ever Historic Preservation Plan. This plan will identify, celebrate and preserve the places that represent our collective histories. In addition, the ordinance standards for Madison's five local historic districts will be updated. The descriptions and materials related to both of these efforts can be found below.
Historic Preservation Plan
The Historic Preservation Plan will provide a framework for future preservation that goes beyond the City's current, primarily regulatory, role. It will recommend strategies to more effectively integrate historic preservation into public policy, explore zoning and land use tools, capitalize on economic development and financial incentives, and encourage heritage tourism. This process will employ strategies to engage, educate, and connect with all the groups that make up Madison's unique history, with a particular emphasis on traditionally underrepresented groups.
An important goal of the Preservation Plan is to preserve what is most important to Madison's fabric. It is necessary to have an inclusive, complete and accurate inventory of the places that create its story. This part of the process will build on current documentation of resources, identify gaps, and develop a strategy to ensure a complete, accurate, and expandable survey.
Kick Off Meeting
The City of Madison hosted a public meeting to kick off the Historic Preservation Project on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the Goodman Community Center.
The meeting included an introduction of the process by City staff and the consultant team for the two parts of the project - developing the Historic Preservation Plan and updating the existing local historic district ordinances. The meeting included interactive sessions regarding public engagement, discovery of underrepresented communities' histories and an overview of the preservation plan development and ordinance revisions.
November 2nd & 29th Community Values and Historic Resources Discovery Meetings
The City of Madison hosted two public meetings to discuss community values and discover historic resources on November 2 and 29, 2017. The meetings included presentations by City staff and the consultant team describing the Project and the need to gather values around historic preservation. The consultant explained that examples of value statements can come from adopted plans and policies, meeting comments and online survey results. The meetings also included interactive sessions to discover those places that attendees felt should be retained for future generations and why. From this discussion, the attendees began to develop value statements for further discussion.
February 26, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 1
The City of Madison Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its first meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018. The Advisory Committee will advise staff, the consultants, and the Landmarks Commission on the development of the Historic Preservation Plan and related public engagement, and serve as a forum for public testimony and comments regarding the Plan process and its desired contents. At this first meeting, the Advisory Committee elected a Chair and Vice Chair and discussed procedures and the schedule of the committee. Staff and the consultants provided a presentation on the Plan process and the findings from previous meetings and other sources, including draft community value statements.
April 11, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 2
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its second meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the John Wall Pavilion, Tenney Park, 402 N Thornton Avenue. The Advisory Committee learned about the purpose of City plans and the benefits of historic preservation. The Committee discussed how the Historic Preservation Plan can go beyond the typical plan to be uniquely Madison.
May 3 and May 21, 2018 Community Goals & Objectives Meetings
The City of Madison hosted two public meetings to discuss community goals and objectives on May 3 and May 21, 2018. The meetings included presentations by City staff and the consultant team to describe the findings from the previous meetings and engage the public in conversations about the desired outcomes of the project. The meetings also included interactive activities and smaller group discussions.
May 3rd: 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Red Gym (716 Langdon Street), Wisconsin Room B&C
May 21st: 6:00pm - 7:30pm at East High School (2222 E Washington Avenue), Room 1042 LMC Gold
June 12, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 3
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its third meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm in Room 351 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Advisory Committee learned about the community input that has been received to date and discussed the draft goals and objectives.
June 27, 2018 Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 4
The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee held its fourth meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm in Room GR-27 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Advisory Committee learned about the community input that has been received to date and discussed the draft goals and objectives.
|Historic District Ordinance Revisions|
Madison's five local historic districts each have their own ordinance requirements for additions, alterations, and new construction. Some of these ordinances are over 40 years old, and have not been modified since they were created. This process will analyze the historic resources in each district, examine successes and challenges, evaluate current ordinances, and propose new or revised ordinance language.
|Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - June 29, 2017|
|Landmarks Meeting - August 14, 2017|
|Meeting Outcomes and Findings - August 14, 2017|
|LORC Meeting - September 14, 2017|
|Meeting Outcomes & Findings - September 14, 2017|
|First Settlement - October 11, 2017|
|Mansion Hill - October 11, 2017|
|University Heights - October 30, 2017|
Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - December 18, 2017
|Public Engagement Plan - Ordinance Revisions - January 29, 2018|
To assist with the development of the Historic Preservation Plan and the revisions to the ordinance standards for the local historic districts, the City has engaged a team of consultants. The consultant team is comprised of a variety of professionals to deliver the specific experience and insight needed for the development of the Historic Preservation Plan. The team includes several professional historic preservation consultants, a historic preservation architect, and an urban planner and public participation specialist.
Legacy Architecture, Inc. is an architectural design and historic preservation consulting firm based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, founded by Jennifer L. Lehrke. Legacy Architecture has earned a statewide reputation as one of the leading providers of historic preservation design and consulting services in Wisconsin. Legacy Architecture has nominated properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and has completed numerous architectural and historical intensive surveys in urban, small town suburban and rural communities across Wisconsin. Please visit the Legacy Architecture, Inc. website for more information www.legacy-architecture.com.
Jennifer L. Lehrke, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, will serve as a Principal Architect & Historic Preservation Consultant, and Bob Short, Associate AIA and Rowan Davidson, Associate AIA, will serve as Historic Preservation Consultants for the Historic Preservation Plan project.
Ce Planning Studio is an urban planning consulting firm based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, founded by Carolyn J. Esswein. Ce Planning Studio is known for urban design, design guideline and code development, public participation strategies and implementation, community redevelopment planning, and comprehensive planning. Ce Planning Studio has completed numerous neighborhood revitalization plans and cultural resource chapters in comprehensive plans in Wisconsin. Please visit the Ce Planning Studio website for more information www.ceplanningstudio.com.
Carolyn J. Esswein, AICP, CNU-A, will serve as the Urban Planner & Public Participation Specialist for the project.
Other Historic Preservation Consultants include:
Timothy F. Heggland, Historic Preservation Consultant, has worked on numerous historic preservation projects for the City of Madison and other Wisconsin communities over the past several decades. Tim's vast knowledge of Madison's local history and architectural resources will serve as an invaluable resource for the planning effort.
Jason Tish, Historic Preservation Consultant and founder of Archetype Historic Property Consultants, has worked on numerous historic tax credit, small-cap TIF, and façade improvement grant projects as well as local, state, and federal nominations for historic designation. Prior to starting Archetype, Jason served as the Executive Director of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and brings a wealth of knowledge of Madison's more recent local history and architectural resources. For more information please visit their website at: http://www.archetype-hpc.com/.