Historic Preservation Commission

Coeur d'Alene's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was established in 2019. The commission is tasked with promoting the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the public of the City of Coeur d'Alene through the identification, evaluation, and designation of those buildings, sites, districts, areas, structures, and objects that constitute or contain significant elements of historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural interest reflecting the heritage of the City, the State, and/or the Nation.  


The Coeur d’Alene City Council imposed a temporary moratorium on June 18, 2024 finding an imminent threat to public health, safety and welfare arising from the loss of important historic and cultural assets in the areas identified in the Downtown Core Zoning District, Downtown Overlay-Northside (DO-N), Downtown Overlay-Eastside (DO-E), and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, excluding residential structures. 

The temporary moratorium was approved in order to protect historic properties in the downtown area while the City considers amendments to the Zoning Code, conducts surveys of the downtown properties, helps educate the community on the importance of historic preservation, considers improvements to the demolition permit process, and considers a local historic district in the downtown.  It is in effect until December 17, 2024.  

The moratorium applies to demolition, removal, or significant alteration of buildings in the affected areas and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the City of Coeur d'Alene, excluding residential structures.

It excludes outbuildings (e.g., garages), dangerous buildings, buildings that are less than 50-years-old, residential structures, or interior demolitions. It also excludes the Fort Grounds neighborhood which is a historic district and the Garden District neighborhood which is pending a historic designation.

Click on the "Temporary Moratorium" link below under Current Efforts to see the Resolution and exhibits showing the affected areas and properties.


Current Efforts:

  • Heart of History Awards Program
  • Garden District National Register of Historic Places Nomination (underway): www.gardendistrictnrhp.com
  • Temporary Moratorium in the Downtown Core, DO-N and DO-E Overlay Areas and properties on the National Register of Historic Places, excluding residential structures 
  • Downtown and Infill Working Group (participation by three commissioners)
  • Historic Overlay Zoning District
  • Inadvertent Discovery Plan
  • Historic Building Materials Information and Trainings

Click Here to review the Historic Preservation Plan adopted December 2021

Coeur d'Alene Tribe Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people, the Coeur d’Alene, who have occupied the lands that include the City of Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene Lake and the Spokane River for time immemorial. The Schitsu’umsh are “Those who are found here” or “The discovered people” and they have been telling their story in song and dance for thousands of years in celebration and in hardship. We are fortunate that the Coeur d’Alenes have blessed the land and formed strong relationships to continue as stewards to protect and preserve the land, lake, and other resources. We acknowledge the Tribe’s 5 Core Values for decisions related to the land and the future of the Coeur d’Alene people. We are honored to learn, grow, play and live upon the traditional territory of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and to have the opportunity to work together to improve our land and strengthen our communities for future generations. Time Immemorial. Present. Future. 

 Historic Preservation Commission Members:

Walter Burns- Chair
Anneliese Miller- Vice Chair
Anne Anderson- Secretary
Tyler Douglas Lowe
Sandy Emerson
Shannon Sardell
Richard Shaffer
Douglas Harro
Dan McCracken
City Council Liaison: Councilmember Kiki Miller

Meeting Date:

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at least four times a year; however, the full commission and subcommittees may meet more frequently.  Starting July 2023, the regular commission meetings will generally take place on the 4th Wednesday of that month starting at 12:00 p.m. 

All meetings are open to the public and publicized to allow and promote public participation in the decisions of the commission.  Please see meeting agendas for information on how to participate.


Articles on mental health related to the loss of historic places 

(supporting documents for the temporary moratorium - June 2024)

"Coeur d'Alene council moves to protect history" Moratorium article in the CDA Press (6/20/24)

Historic Preservation Code (Amended 2023) 

Historic Preservation Commission Bylaws (Amended 2023)

Historic Preservation Plan (adopted December 2021)

How do I get a historic property listed?

Certified Local Government Overview

Garden District Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places Website

"Garden District May Make History" (CDA Press, June 15, 2023)

Cultural Resources Brochure from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe

Staff Liaison:  Hilary Patterson, Community Planning Director, (208) 769-2270

The Historic Preservation Commission may be reached by mail at:

[email protected]
(mailto:[email protected])