Sedona AZ (August 22, 2017) – Historic preservation is an important aspect of the community of Sedona. In order to ensure preservation of Sedona’s past members of the Historic Preservation Commission, comprising seven volunteers, provide their time and experience to guide owners through the process of repairing and improving historically significant properties. Preserving these landmarks is an important way to share our understanding of our past with future generations.
In June the city of Sedona successfully concluded dispersing funds to those Historic Landmarked properties that submitted eligible applications to participate in the 2016/2017 Historic Preservation Small Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to provide matching funding to assist property owners in preserving Sedona’s historic resources. The recipients were required to provide a matching share equal to the amount of the grant award up to $10,000. The program resulted in approximately $45,000 in improvements. Improvements included treatment to prevent termite damage, repair of termite damage, painting, windows replacement, and siding replacement.
Sedona is home to 23 designated historic landmark properties. Of these 23 landmarks, eight are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places: the Jordan Ranch (three structures), Sedona Ranger Station and Pump House (three structures), Hart Store, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Other locally landmarked properties that are publically accessible include the Pushmataha Building (Keep Sedona Beautiful, 360 Brewer Rd), George Jordan Sales Building (479 N. SR 89A), and Cook Cemetery (115 Airport Rd). Additionally, there are 11 residential homes landmarked as well as the Owenby Ditch (irrigation). For more information about Sedona’s landmarked properties visit sedonaaz.gov/cd.
Warren Campbell, assistant director of the Community Development Department said, “The administration of the program was a joy as I was able to build strong relationships with several owners of historic city Landmarked properties and become much more familiar with the properties and their connection to Sedona’s history.”