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.


Cultural Geography & Preservation
Thoughtful Response: Minimal Traditional Houses
Queen Anne: Free Classic Sub-TypeExploring Architectural Terminology


Certified Local Governments and the SOI StandardsThis Becomes That: Converted BarnsGeneva Modern Kitchens
Gentlest Means Possible


Architectural SurveysSanborn Fire Insurance Co. MapsDetermining Significance
False HistoricismArchitectural Impact of Window Sash Color 


Glass Shaping Architecture Historic Wood Siding Brick Detailing 
Cellular PVC Fiber Cement