Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission was created by ordinance to protect the City of Ashland's historic and cultural heritage, and foster the protection and enhancement of sites of special character or architectural or historic interest. Their work is reflected throughout the City including the Downtown District, the Historic Residential areas, and the progressing ore dock redevelopment.  

This Commission also serves as a resource to persons owning property or structures that may be considered historic by providing information pertaining to historic preservation funding, assist with research of historic structures, offering advice on historic renovation, and help recognize historic building features. 

For processes regarding historic structures, locations and designations, view the Ordinance for Historic Preservation, Chapter 826 of the Ashland City Ordinances and visit the Economic Development page with has many helpful materials. 

Looking to make improvements on your historical home? 

Check with the Planning & Zoning Department to see if you will need a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Certificate of Appropriateness Application


The Commission is comprised of seven members, one being a registered architect. Other members, if available within the community, shall consist of one historian, one real estate broker, one alderman, and three interested citizens. The Mayor appoints the commissioners subject to confirmation by the Council. Terms vary from one to three years. 


If this Committee sounds like something you would like to contribute to, send in your completed Offer to Volunteer form (PDF) to the Mayor at City Hall, or contact the City Clerk’s office for more information at 715-682-7071.


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Members & Term Expiration

Name Position Term Expiration
Stephen Schraufnagel Architect/Chair May 31, 2025
Elizabeth Madsen-Genzler Citizen April 1, 2024
Magge Ericson Citizen April 1, 2024
Kristen Huset Citizen April 1, 2025
Jeff Muse Citizen April 1, 2026
Vacant Historian  
Vacant Real Estate Broker