Historic Preservation Commission

This commission is responsible for periodically reviewing the historical district’s boundaries, developing an action plan, compiling inventories and coming up with educational programs. The term for this commission is four years.

Members include:

Craig Binnebose 2021
Mark Barthelme 2022
Joyce Deike 2023
Laura Little 2024
Terry Harrison, Chair 2022

Kristine Urdahl, Vice Chair



Meetings are held at 4:30 PM on the 1st Thursday of each month in the 2nd floor conference room at City Hall.


The Mason City Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is comprised of 6 volunteers appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council for four year terms.  The Commission is a Certified Local Government responsible for periodically reviewing the historical district's boundaries, developing an action plan, compiling inventories and developing educational programs.  

The HPC has been the leader in implementing the project outlined in the Memorandum of Agreement between the City, the HPC, the Iowa SHPO and FEMA regarding historic mitigation treatments resulting from the City's buyout following the flood in 2008.  

Recent Projects:

Moving Houses to Save History:  As part of the Memorandum of Agreement, the Commission oversaw the preparation of a move report  that describes the City's experience moving historic houses as a mitigation treatment after the flood.  The City was successful in saving five historic homes from the East Park Place neighborhood.  You can download a copy of the move report here.

Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District Amendment:  The City received a Historic Resources Development Program Grant to amend the original National Register of Historic Places nomination of the Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District.  The amendment documents the national significance of the district.  If the amendment is accepted by the National Park Service, the City hopes to pursue National Landmark status for the district.  You can read the amendment here.

 Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery:  The City received a Certified Local Government Program grant to nominate the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places.  The nomination was approved and effective June 7, 2018.  You can read the nomination here.