The Landmark Commission is a seven-member board established in 1975. Its role is to preserve, protect, and perpetuate buildings, structures, sites, works of art, and other objects having special historical, community or aesthetic interest or value. As such, exterior changes to local landmark properties require review by the Landmark Commission. The Commission and the City are committed to the preservation of the distinctive features for which Shaker architecture is known.
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Landmark Districts and Properties
Seventy-five percent of the city is located within the Shaker Village Historic District that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shaker Heights is also home to the Winslow Road Historic District (designated as a local historic district in 2007), a local historic district that surrounds Shaker Square, and 45 individually designated local landmarks.
The Landmark Commission must review all exterior changes proposed for individual landmarks and properties located in the Winslow Road and Shaker Square local landmark districts. This includes building changes and environmental/landscape changes. More information.
In addition to reviewing and approving alterations and additions to local landmark properties, the Commission sponsors an annual Preservation Awards program. The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission established its Preservation Awards program in 1998 to recognize and highlight efforts by property owners who have preserved and improved their properties. This awards program is mirrored after the program established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971.
The Landmark Commission also serves as an information source for residents. It maintains lists of contractors who specialize in historic roofing materials (slate, wood and tile), wood windows and stucco and masonry repair. Learn more about your home using the Historic Building Cards database.
- Specialty Contractor List
- Weatherization Guide for Older & Historic Buildings
- Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork
- Wood Window Tip Sheet
- Resources for Residents (scroll down to the Historic Preservation section)