Few cities in the intermountain west contain the variety and breadth of historic resources as Ogden, Utah. In 1979 Ogden city formed the Ogden City Landmarks Commission for the purpose of “protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of structures, sites and areas and natural history”. This group of local citizens volunteer their time to review the proposed exterior alterations to those buildings that are inside the 3 local historic districts (e.g. Historic 25th Street, the Jefferson and Eccles Historic Districts) and all the locally designed historic sites. Their review is based on the rehabilitation standards set forth by the Federal Department of the Interior.
Make Up of the Landmarks Commission
The membership of the Landmarks Commission consists of one member of the Planning Commission, one architect, one realtor, one historian, two (2) representatives of designated historic districts, one representative from the Weber County Heritage Foundation, and two at-large members. All members except the Planning Commissioner are appointed by the Mayor for a term of 3 years, without compensation.
Requirements for Commission Approval (Certificate of Historic Appropriateness)
Any exterior changes to the building or site are subject to Landmarks review. Any new exterior additions or new construction are required to secure a Certificate of Historic appropriateness. Also, any re-roofing when material is different than what exists. The Replacement of windows, exterior signs, painting, paint removal, treatment of exterior or demolition must also receive approval from the Landmarks Commission. Work that does not require Landmarks review is any work on the interior or landscaping.
The work that can be approved by Ogden City staff includes repainting the exterior (same or similar color), repair and replacement of degenerated elements. The replacement of walkways and driveways, new fences and or gates are staff approved. Re-roofing may be done with staff approval so long as the same colors and materials are being used. Finally, the installation of awnings on Historic 25th Street can be reviewed by staff.
Application Process for Certificate of Historic Appropriateness (COA)
Landmarks Commission meetings are typically the 4th Thursday of each month. The applications for a COA must be completed and submitted to the Ogden City Planning Department not less than 16 days prior to the date of the meeting.
Department of Interior Standards For Rehabilitation
- A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.
- The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.
- Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.
- Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.
- Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.
- Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.
- Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.
- Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
- New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.
- New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.