The Commission is a body of seven 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 38-33).
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-two 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
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 Wisconsin Historical Society. There are approximately seventy-one CLG communities in Wisconsin at the present time.