Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC)

Who We Are

The Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) is an official body of the City of Houston that focuses on compliance with the Historic Preservation Ordinance, Chapter 33 Code of Ordinances.

The HAHC is composed of 13 Houston citizens. The Mayor appoints eight commissioners. These eight commissioners must meet the requirements for one of these positions each: Professional Historian, Architectural Historian, Archaeologist, Urban Planner, Registered Architect, Real Estate Appraiser, Remodeler/Builder, and Representative of a Cultural History Organization. The remaining five positions are Citizens Representatives appointed by a City Council member. Each commissioner may serve three terms of two years each. The meetings of the HAHC are held monthly in the Council Chamber of City Hall Annex. An agenda is published online on the City of Houston - Planning & Development Department website, 72 hours before each meeting. All meetings are open to the public and anyone in attendance may sign up to speak.

Ex-Officio Members
  • Minnette Boesel - Assistant for Cultural Affairs
  • Daniel W. Krueger, P.E. - Director, PWE
  • Janet Wagner - Harris County Historical Commission
  • Elizabeth Sargent - Archivist, HMRC
  • Deborah McAbee - City Attorney
Commission Members
  • R. Maverick Welsh III - Chair, Citizen Representative
  • Rob D. Hellyer – Remodeler/Builder - Vice Chair
  • Anna Mod - Architectural Historian
  • Jorge Garcia-Herreros - Professional Archaeologist
  • Debra Blacklock-Sloan - Cultural History Organization
  • David Bucek - Registered Architect
  • John Cosgrove - Professional Real Estate Appraiser
  • Romulo Tim Cisneros - Commercial Business Representative
  • Edie Archer - Cultural History Organization Rep.
  • Ann Collum - Citizen Representative
  • Douglas Elliott - Citizen Representative
  • Paul Homeyer - Citizen Representative
  • Charles Stava - Citizen Representative
Executive Secretary
  • Patrick Walsh - Director, Planning and Development
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Our Responsibilities

Our responsibilities include reviewing or processing buildings, structures, objects, sites, and areas of the city for designation as landmarks, protected landmarks, archaeological sites or historic districts. When deemed appropriate, the HAHC recommends to City Council that these designations be approved. The Commission also reviews applications for demolitions, alterations and new construction in City of Houston Historic Districts and for designated structures.


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City of Houston, Planning & Development Dept. - HAHC
611 Walker St, Houston, TX 77002
Email: HoustonPreservation@houstontx.gov