5-Minute Field Guides

The City’s 5-minute field guides are presentations designed to educate the Historic Preservation Commission and the public regarding various architecture and preservation topics. The presentations are made at the beginning of each Historic Preservation Commission meeting and are available to view on YouTube in the menu below.

If residents or other community stakeholders have questions regarding the five-minute field guides, contact the City’s Historic Preservation Planner.


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Shake or ShingleSorting It Out
Set In Stone
People Saving PlacesRegional ConnectivityEvolution of Home Heating
It's Beginning to Sound A Lot Like... Preservation


Glass Shaping Architecture Historic Wood Siding Brick Detailing 
Cellular PVC Fiber Cement Architectural Surveys
Sanborn Fire Insurance Co. Maps
Determining Significance
False Historicism
Architectural Impact of Window Sash Color
Gentlest Means Possible
Certified Local Governments and the SOI Standards
This Becomes That: Converted Barns
Geneva Modern Kitchens
Cultural Geography & Preservation
Thoughtful Response: Minimal Traditional Houses
Up On The Roof
Queen Anne: Free Classic Sub-Type
Exploring Architectural Terminology