Historic preservation is the process by which buildings and structures of historic, cultural, and architectural significance are preserved through the adoption of design guidelines aimed at protecting structures which would otherwise, if demolished or destroyed, constitute an irreplaceable loss to the quality and character of the City of El Paso.
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The Historic Preservation Office (HPO) reviews any proposed modification to the exterior of a building or site located within a historic district or independent historic structures. Owning a designated property doesn’t mean you cannot update some of the building’s dated elements. If your building is a locally designated landmark or in a historic district you are required to have proposed changes that affect the exterior of your property reviewed and approved by either the Historic Landmark Commission or Administrative Review approval by the Historic Preservation Office. Typical reviews conducted by the HPO include landscaping, painting, re-roofing, repair of walks, driveways, fences, and replacement of windows and doors.
The city’s preservation program recognizes the need for contemporary and economical use of historic buildings and the design review process was put in place to balance the historic qualities with the demands of today. Many successful projects have resulted from the collaboration of the Historic Landmark Commission and property owners, and the more you know about the process before beginning your project, the simpler it will be.
To verify if your building is locally designated please call us before starting any work.
Providencia Velazquez, Historic Preservation Officer, VelazquezPX@elpasotexas.gov, (915) 541-4027.