It is the intent of the City to encourage the preservation of the City's historical and architecturally significant resources by the formation of a Historical Commission which has the duty and function to identify and designate historical properties within the City and to honor those property owners who have maintained or restored these historical properties.

The Historical Commission has been inventorying all the properties within the original Grass Valley Townsite which was surveyed in 1872.   The objective has been to identify who owned the property at that time, what structures were on the property in 1872 and what structures are on the property today. Information on properties within this designated area is available to the public by contacting the Historical Commission Clerk at the Planning Division. A resource guide is available to provide historic information for research on properties.

The Historical Commission has published "Heritage Homes of Grass Valley: A Catalog of Award-Winning Homes 1997-2006". This publication serves to honor the rich architectural history of our town as well as the 10-year anniversary of the Heritage Home Program. The publication is available for purchase downtown. Please contact The Historical Commission Clerk at 530-274-4330.

The Grass Valley Historical Commission consists of five (5) members and one (1) alternate each appointed by the City Council for a four year term.  The Commission's function is to identify and verify historical resources and encourage their preservation. They also make recommendations to the City Council regarding designation of historical landmarks as appropriate.The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm in the Bodmin Room, downstairs at City Hall. There is no compensation for serving on the Commission.

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