Landmark Commission

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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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Landmark Districts and Properties

Seventy five percent of the City is located within the Shaker Village Historic District (PDF) 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 46 individually designated local landmarks.

Review Procedures

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. View the Application Procedures document for more details. 

Preservation Month Photo Contest

For the past seven years, the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission invited photographers to enter the Shaker Heights Preservation Month Photo Contest. The contest was created in honor of National Preservation Month, which is celebrated each May by preservation organizations across the country.

The deadline for the seventh annual Preservation Month Photo Contest has now passed. Search the hashtag #PreserveSH19 on Instagram or visit www.instagram.com/explore/tags/preservesh19/ to view the submissions. 

Please email Cameron Roberts with any questions.

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Preservation Awards

In addition to reviewing and approving alterations and additions to local landmark properties, the Commission sponsors a biennial Preservation Awards program (held in even years). 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 is accepting nominations now through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, for the 2020 Preservation Awards. Exterior projects completed after April 2017 are eligible. Nominations may be submitted for any building in Shaker Heights, including homes and apartment buildings, commercial buildings, and other structures.

Homeowner Resources

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.

For additional information email Cameron Roberts, Planner or call at 216-491-1433.