Ordinance Adoption and Purpose
In 1982, the City of Mason
established the Historic District Commission (HDC)
through a city ordinance, recorded as
Chapter 31 of the
City Code of Ordinances. Its purpose and function is to
safeguard the historical heritage of the City of Mason
in designated areas. A historic district was created
that encompasses the downtown section of the city (see
map below for details). The charge given the HDC is
consistent with the National Historic Preservation Act
of 1966 and later amendments to foster civic beauty and
pride, promote the use of historic districts for the
education, pleasure, and welfare of Mason's citizenry,
and to improve and stabilize property values in historic
districts. The Mason Historic District Commission is
charged with reviewing plans for construction,
alteration, moving, exterior changes, signage, or the
demolition of all buildings in the historic district.
Historic District and Commission/Meetings
The HDC is composed of seven members, appointed by the
City Council, with various backgrounds and expertise who
all share an interest in historic preservation. It
normally meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00
p.m. at the City Hall Council Chamber. There are
occasionally times when holidays or special "on call"
meetings deviate from the established meeting dates so
it is advised to call the Director of Planning/Zoning to
confirm specific times. All meetings are open to the
public and individuals are encouraged to attend and
participate in the activities of the Commission.
Historic District Review Standards
The Mason Main Street Façade Study is the
manual by which each building within the
Mason Historic District is evaluated.
The Study provides architectural guidance to
building owners and the Historic District
Commission. The recommendations
provided in the Study were based on the U.S.
Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for
Mason Main Street
Historic Building Inventory and Photographs
This includes historical histories and
architectural descriptions for each
property. In addition, photographs from 1984
and more recent photographs from 2008 and
2012 are also included.
Maps and Frequently Asked Questions
The Historic District generally includes the
adjacent properties to the north, west and
south of the Courthouse (including the
Courthouse) and along West Maple, Ash, South
Jefferson and Oak Streets. See the shaded
area on the link below for exact boundaries.