HOUSTON ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL COMMISSION

Announcement: Beginning in May, all proceedings of the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, Houston Preservation Appeals Board will be conducted in person only.

All meetings will adhere to previously stated schedule and location, but there will no longer be a virtual Microsoft TEAMS option available for the public to join or address the Commission. Anyone wanting to provide comments may continue to do so in person or via email, phone or mail. To watch a live broadcast, please visit www.houstontx.gov/htv.

Commission Meeting 

Current Meeting: A special meeting of the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) will be held:

Historic Office of Preservation Board and Commission Training
Thursday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m.

The Houston Architectural and Historical Commission (HAHC) and the Historic Preservation Appeals Board (HPAB) will conduct this meeting in-person at 611 Walker, 6th floor conference room, Houston, TX.

Current Agenda

Call to Order and Roll Call by Chairs

A. Welcome – Interim Director Jennifer Ostlind

B. Houston Office of Preservation Comments - Roman McAllen, HPO and Team

C. Training for Board Members and Commissioners: Ethics, Procedural, Governance, and Operational Matters Kim Mickelson, City Attorney’s Office

  • Ethics and conflicts of interest
  • Open government requirements
  • Changes to the historic program and procedures
  • Rules of procedure for Commission and Board
  • Scope of Commission and Board authority and relationship

D. Comments from HAHC and HPAB Members

E. Public Comment

F. Adjournment

The Houston Architectural and Historic Commission and the Historic Preservation Appeals Board each reserve the right to convene in Executive Session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Gov’t Code Chapter 551, under any applicable exception thereto, including but not limited to Sec. 551.071, Consultation with Attorney.

Sign Up to Speak

Anyone wishing to speak before the Commission should sign up to speak via phone 832-393-6556 or email historicpreservation@houstontx.gov, 24 hours in advance preferred. You may also sign up at the meeting, in person or via chat. Please see the agenda for more speaker guidelines.  


About the Commission

Commission Group Photo

Top left to right: Roman McAllen, Historic Preservation Officer, Dominic Yap, John Cosgrove, David Bucek (Chair), Stephen McNiel, Charles Stava, Steven F. Curry, and Ben Koush. Front row left to right: Urmila Srinivasan, Jennifer Ostlind, Deputy Director (Executive Secretary), Elizabeth Wiedower Jackson (Vice Chair), Ashley Elizabeth Jones, and Legal Counsel Kim Mickelson.

The HAHC is a 13-member appointed Commission that issues Certificates of Appropriateness and reviews Historic District, Landmark, Protected Landmark, and Archaeological Site designation applications.

Commission Members

  • Ashley Elizabeth Jones – Archaeologist (Position 1)
  • Tanya Debose – Historian (Position 2)
  • Shantel Blakely – Architectural Historian (Position 3)
  • Rhonda Sepulveda – Cultural History Organization Representative (Position 4)
  • David Bucek – Registered Architect (Position 5)
  • Elizabeth Wiedower Jackson – Commercial Business Representative (Position 6)
  • John Cosgrove – Real Estate Appraiser (Position 7)
  • Stephen McNiel – Remodeler/Builder (Position 8)
  • Steven F. Curry – Preservation Specialist (Position 9)
  • Ann Collum – Citizen Representative (Position 10)
  • Dominic Yap – Citizen Representative (Position 11)
  • Charles Stava – Citizen Representative (Position 12)
  • Ben Koush – Citizen Representative (Position 13)

Executive Secretary

  • Jennifer Ostlind - Interim Director, Planning and Development

Ex-Officio Members

  • Samantha Bruer – Architectural Archivist, Houston Metropolitan Research Center
  • Marta Crinejo – Mayor's Liaison

HAHC Deadline and Meeting Location

Certificate of Appropriateness applications are due 22 calendar days in advance of the meeting by 12 PM (noon) on the deadline date.

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