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Historic Preservation Program

Entry Tower, Taliesin West
Established in 1997 by the City Council, the City's Preservation Division in cooperation with the Historic Preservation Commission work to increase public awareness of Scottsdale's heritage; identify historic and cultural resources; designate and recognize significant local resources; and assist in protecting, preserving and enhancing the buildings and structures that best represent Scottsdale's past.

To date, the City's Historic Register recognizes buildings associated with the early history of the town of Scottsdale, the development of the arts and tourism industry in the city, and two postwar residential neighborhoods representing Scottsdale's rapid growth and development in the 1950s. The Commission and city staff continues to research and document the city's history by actively seeking to add significant properties to the Register.


Protection for historic properties is provided through the City Historic Preservation Ordinance, which requires the Commission to review and approve exterior alterations and demolition requests for buildings on the City Historic Register. The Office also administers the Historic Residential Exterior Rehabilitation Program for homeowners living in historic districts, and provides educational materials to homeowners and interested citizens to heighten public awareness and appreciation of the community's historic resources. The Historic Preservation Officer for the City is Steve Venker. View a copy of the City of Scottsdale Historic Preservation Ordinance .



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