Springfield DPW


Development and Public Works Home Historic Commission

About the Commission

Established in 1977, the Springfield Historic Commission serves to advance the identification, protection, preservation, education, and interpretation of Springfield's cultural heritage and history. As such, the Historic Commission organizes projects and programs to encourage stewardship of the community's historic assets. The Historic Commission also reviews development and restoration requests for all properties within the Washburne Historic District and for all properties on Springfield's Landmark Inventory.

The Historic Commission has five goals that guide its work:

  • Educate the community about and develop public support for historic preservation.
  • Understand Springfield's historic resources by developing historic context statements and conducting historic research, historic resource surveys, and historic resource inventories.
  • Protect historic resources through City Landmark Inventory and National Register listings.
  • Encourage property owners to restore and maintain the City's historic resources by developing incentive programs for property owners interested in preserving historic resources.
  • Maintain and strengthen the City's historic preservation program in concert with the City's planning and regulatory efforts.

Commission Meetings

The Historic Commission meets every other month on the fourth Tuesday, starting at 5:30 pm in Springfield City Hall. Please note the time change for January 2018 meeting time. See below for details. All meetings are open to the public. An opportunity is provided at the beginning of each meeting for general public comment. Additionally, time is allotted for property owners to discuss alterations they are contemplating for their historic properties.

Next meeting details:
Please note the time change for the January meeting.
1-2 pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Jesse Maine Room
Springfield City Hall
225 Fifth Street
Springfield, OR








Staff Contact

Mark McCaffery



Springfield's Historic Properties

National Register Sites

City Landmarks

Visit Historic Springfield

Downtown Walking Tour
Washburne Historic District Walking Tour

Historic Review Process

Applicable Properties

Applicable Activities

Most exterior alterations and repairs, such as:

  • Additions, demolitions, or alterations to a building facade;

  • New construction of 1,000 square feet or more;

  • Construction, modification, or demolition of accessory structures;

  • Replacement of damaged exterior features;

  • Removal or radical trimming of large established trees or vegetation;

  • A change to a more intensive use (e.g. a change from a single family residence to a professional office);

  • Replacement of windows or doors.

Note: Painting and roofing do not require Historic Review. 


Typical Historic Review Steps

  1. Request informal consultation with Historic Commission to discuss project ideas (optional).
  2. Consult planning staff (541-726-3753) to determine required Historic Review application type.
  3. Check the Springfield Historic Design Guidelines for project guidance.
  4. Prepare and submit Historic Review Application with applicable fees.
  5. City staff process application and issue staff report and decision.
  6. Proceed with project, including seeking building permit approval, if applicable.
  7. Submit photographs to City staff documenting the completed project.

Historic Restoration Information

Researching Your House

Research Tips and Sources
Researching a Historic Property

House Types
Springfield's Most Popular House Types
Basic House Types by Period

Preservation Techniques

Preservation Briefs

Preservation Consultants and Contractors

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency and Historic Home

Energy Efficiency Tips for Historic Home Owners

Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

Financial Incentives

Tax Incentive Programs

Grant Programs
Easement Program


The Repair of Historic Wood Windows
Historic Wood Windows
Repair or Replace Old Windows

What Replacement Windows Can't Replace

Springfield Residential Fence Brochure
Fences for Different Architectural Styles
The Picket Fence

Historic Preservation Links
NEW! Springfield Lumber Heritage Context Statement 1901-1970's
NEW! Springfield Lumber Heritage Context Statement 1850's-1900
Springfield Historic Context Statement
Springfield Museum
Lane County Historical Society and Museum
University of Oregon Historic Preservation Program

Dorris Ranch Living History Farm

Washburne Neighborhood Association

Oregon Historical Society

Oregon Heritage Commission

Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

Oregon State Archives

Historic Preservation League of Oregon

National Register for Historic Places

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Preserve America

National Main Street Center

Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT)

City of Springfield, Oregon