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About the Stoughton Landmarks Commission


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The Commission is a body of nine members of the community, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council, which serves to recognize and preserve the historic and cultural resources within the City of Stoughton, as prescribed by the Stoughton Landmarks Ordinance (Section 12.135) in 1980.

The Commission is primarily responsible for ensuring that the provisions in Stoughton’s historic preservation ordinance are executed accordingly. This includes coordinating educational activities, designating local historic landmarks, providing design expertise, and performing design reviews of applications to alter locally designated historic buildings.

At the present time Stoughton has thirty individually designated local landmarks but no locally designated historic districts. It also has five districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as well as several individually listed properties on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
For more information, go to the following links:
Stoughton's Local Landmarks
Brief Intro to Local Designation
Map of Districts
Landmark Types

Stoughton became the twelfth Certified Local Government (CLG) in Wisconsin in 1988. CLG status signifies that Stoughton has been certified by the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) as a city that is enforcing its local preservation ordinance. The status also has the benefit of making the city eligible for CLG grant funding that is provided by the National Park Service and administered by the WHS . There are approximately thirty CLG communities in Wisconsin at the present time.

Since becoming a CLG, the Commission has completed a number of CLG grant projects, including intensive surveys and nominations of several districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the subsequent publication of district walking tour brochures, and the publication of two design guideline booklets. For more information, see “the Commission publications.”
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The Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the Mayor. The commissioners are dedicated citizens, historians, architects, and other experts selected for their interest and skills in historic preservation. Current members include:

Alan Hedstrom, Chair
Andrea Rainka
Anna Stracener
Connie Kraus
Kathleen Kelly

Lisa Rust
Peggy Veregin
Ryszard Borys
Tom Majewski

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The Commission normally meets monthly in the Ed Overland Room at City Hall.
For more information about the Commission, contact Assistant Planner Michael Stacey at (608) 646-0421
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