• By Albert Depew

Historic Resources Commission

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Click here for the Agenda with Supporting Materials
Current Meeting Schedule
Historic Resources Scavenger Hunt

2018 Preservation Awards Nomination Flyer


Seven members, recommended by this commission and approved by the Board of Supervisors, to serve four year terms. Historic Resource Commission members include building, design and preservation professionals familiar with and sympathetic to the unique characteristics of older buildings, as well as property owners within the Historic District. Meetings are held the second Thursday of every other month at 5:30 p.m. in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street. 


To review exterior development within the Historic District of Carson City.

Paul Laxalt building

Typical Duties

  • Review remodeling of historic structures
  • Review and approve designs of new buildings within the historic district
  • Consideration of historic property tax deferments
  • Consideration of historic grant opportunities
  • Consideration of historic preservation awards

Commissioners (Membership Category)

  • Michael Drews, Chairman (Archaeology)

    Current Term Expires:  2/2021

    Initial Appointment:  2/1989

    Reappointments:  12/1990, 12/1992, 2/1997, 2/2001, 2/2005, 2/2009, 2/2013, 2/2017

  • Robert Darney, Vice Chairman (Architect)

    Current Term Expires:  2/2021

    Initial Appointment:  2/2001

    Reappointments:  2/2005, 2/2009, 2/2013, 2/2017

  • Lou Ann Speulda-Drews (Historian)

    Current Term Expires:  2/2019

    Initial Appointment:  2/1999

    Reappointments:  2/2007, 1/2011, 2/2015

  • Gregory Hayes (Property Owner/Resident within the Historic District)

    Current Term Expires:  2/2019

    Initial Appointment:  1/2007

    Reappointments:  1/2011, 2/2015

  • Donald Smit (Building Construction)

    Current Term Expires:  2/2021

    Initial Appointment:  8/2011

    Reappointment:  2/2013, 3/2017

  • Jed Block (Property Owner/Resident within the Historic District)

    Current Term Expires:  2/2019

    Initial Appointment:  9/2011

    Reappointment:  2/2015

  • Michelle A. Schmitter (Historic Preservation)

    Current Term Expires: 2/2021

    Initial Appointment:  5/2017


Carson City Municipal Code 18.06, Development Standards Division 5, and Resolution 1982-R-29 require 4-year terms with seven members. Two architects or design professionals with experience in historic preservation; one professionally qualified in building construction; one, not more than two, professional in the field of historic preservation; one who owns property and resides within the District; and one or two who demonstrate knowledge and interest in Carson City history and in design, finance, real property transactions, archeology or other matters to advance the business of HRC.


Historic Resource Informative Materials
Fencing Requirements
Historic District Information

Historical Society

Contact Us

Administrative services for the Historic Resources Commission are performed by the Planning Division. Call 775-887-2180 or email planning@carson.org for more information.

Planning Division page


 Minutes of previous Commission meetings

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