Historic Preservation is a link through which the history of a community is preserved and passed on to succeeding generations. Bloomington’s historic properties are a vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic and energy benefits that enrich future Bloomington generations. Bloomington has six local historic districts and several individual landmarks and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bloomington Historic Preservation Program and Commission
In the spirit of preserving Bloomington’s historical assets, the City of Bloomington created a Historic Preservation Program in 1983. The program is administered by the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission, which is a certified local government commission.
The Commission is a volunteer citizen board dedicated to protecting the City's architectural, cultural, and historical resources. Seven mayoral appointed citizens form the commission. The commission consists of professionals specialized in architecture, construction, law, real estate and Bloomington’s heritage. The Historic Preservation Commission adheres to Chapter 44: Sections 44.11-1 to Sections 44.11-7 of City Code (PDF).
Bloomington Historic Preservation Plan
The Historic Preservation Commission adopted the Bloomington Historic Preservation Plan in 2004. The plan provides guidance to the City and to individuals on historic preservation through the goals and recommendations provided in the plan. The plan also describes Bloomington’s historic districts and provides historic background on other scattered historic sites throughout Bloomington.
Is my property historic?
Click here for a list of designated historic properties in Bloomington (PDF).
For more information on historic properties or districts in Bloomington, what it means to own a historic property or to apply to designate your property as historic, see the Owning a Historic Property page on the on the left.