Our places matter.

The built landscape of Erie and northwest Pennsylvania is a tangible expression of our richly layered social, cultural, and industrial history. Along with the natural landscape, it's the built environment that shapes our collective regional identity and sense of place.

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Public input sought for Erie County Cultural Heritage Plan

Public input sought for Erie County Cultural Heritage Plan

Preservation Erie and Erie County are seeking the public’s help in contributing to a countywide Cultural Heritage Plan. With the plan, which is a key recommendation of Emerge 2040, the county is taking an important step to better protect its cultural and historic assets. The Cultural Heritage Plan – a joint effort led by the Erie County Department of Planning and Preservation Erie – will set forth goals, policies and strategies focused on preserving, maintaining and enjoying cultural and historic resources in every Erie County community.
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Work on the next Statewide Historic Preservation Plan underway

Work on the next Statewide Historic Preservation Plan underway

While we are undertaking historic preservation planning at the county level, the state has started work on Community Connections, the statewide historic preservation plan. You can participate in the planning process by completing their online survey. By clicking the photograph above, you will be taken to a page where they can learn more about the statewide plan, take the public survey, and sign up to receive informational notices from the State Historic Preservation Office.
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Proposed ordinance could protect historic properties

Proposed ordinance could protect historic properties

Preservation Erie, Erie City Council and the Erie County Historical Society believe that Erie’s continued loss of historic properties adversely affect Erie’s neighborhoods and the overall health of our community. Presently, we're jointly working on a proposed Demolition Delay Ordinance. Effective demolition delay ordinances clearly define what buildings are covered by the delay, do not postpone demolition indefinitely but establish a time frame in which an alternative to demolition can be identified, provide for strong penalties if the ordinance is violated, and identify an organization or individual in the community willing to work on finding viable alternatives to demolition.
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Taking stock of our treasures, one historic building at a time

Taking stock of our treasures, one historic building at a time

Thanks to generous support from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, The Erie Community Foundation, the Perry 200 Commission, and individuals, Preservation Erie completed an unprecedented county-wide inventory of historic resources. Between December 2013 and May 2015, the consulting firm of Wise Preservation Planning identified, documented and mapped all historic resources and historic districts that are individually listed on, determined to be eligible for, or appear to be eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places.
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