City of Red Wing

Heritage Preservation Commission

The Heritage Preservation Commission seeks nominees for 2018 Preservation Awards of Merit. Click here for more information.

The Heritage Preservation Commission is a seven-member commission that makes recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to the historic aspects within the City of Red Wing. Interests include, but are not limited to: buildings, lands, archaeological sites, areas or districts to be designated and/or described for Heritage Preservation. The Commission protects designated buildings or districts from alteration or destruction through permit review with the Design Review Application. These “Design Reviews” are based on guidelines and criteria established in the City of Red Wing’s Heritage Preservation Ordinance.  

Staff Liaison: Steve Kohn, Email:, Phone: 651-385-3622 or Dan Rogness, Emai:, Phone: 651-385-3697

Council Liaison: John Becker, Email:  Phone: 651-380-1501

The Heritage Preservation Commission also works to educate the public by creating a greater awareness of the vast architectural and culturally significant sites that are part of Red Wing’s heritage. Finally, the Commission encourages the rehabilitation and renovation of historic buildings and works with property owners to develop appropriate plans for proposed projects.

The Heritage Preservation Commission meets at 5:30 PM the first Wednesday of every month in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 315 W. 4th Street, Red Wing, MN 55066.

Current Heritage Preservation Commission Members and term expiration dates:

  • Chair Lisbeth Nelson Butler, 12/2019
  • Kent Tsui, 12/2020
  • Katherine Dail, 12/2018
  • Kathleen Zielinski, 12/2019
  • Roy Harley, 12/2018 - Chair

Heritage Preservation Commission establishment and composition requirements are listed in Chapter 2 and Chapter 16, Heritage Preservation of the Red Wing City code.

Application to join the Heritage Preservation Commission

Printable Application

Heritage Preservation Commission Minutes & Agendas

To view Heritage Preservation Commission past meeting minutes or agendas, visit the City of Red Wing LaserFiche.  You may be prompted to log into the server.  If you are, the username is public and the password is public.

The Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) has produced 28 podcasts featuring all of the historic buildings and sites featured in the Footsteps through Historic Red Wing walking tour booklet that are located in the Downtown and Heritage Mall Historic Districts.  The narrated podcasts combine historic photographs, current photographs, video, maps, and other documents regarding Red Wing’s history and the historic and architectural significance of each site.

Downtown Red Wing Historic Podcasts


Current Preservation Projects

Heritage Preservation Publications and Links

South End Survey Report and Maps

Other Links:

The City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) received Certified Local Government (CLG) grants to train contractors and homeowners in the rehabilitation of wood windows. An instructional video was made at that time; the video has been posted in five parts on YouTube.