Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Historic District Commission


The Woodstock Historic District Commission was created in 1995 by the adoption of a town ordinance, enabled by state legislation, to promote the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of buildings, places, and districts of the Town of Woodstock that are important for their historical and architectural values. They are charged with reviewing modifications and additions to structures within a district that are visible from a public way.

The initiating efforts of residents of Woodstock Hill resulted in a comprehensive study of historic assets in a delineated area of the Hill. This study was reviewed by the state historical commission and deemed to be worthy of designation as a historic district. At Town Meeting, the approval of the Town Ordinance, enabling the Woodstock Hill Historic District was adopted. The ordinance may be amended at any time to include additional historic districts in the Town of Woodstock.

The criteria for review are a set of standards developed by the United States Secretary of the Interior. These standards are applied to new construction, alterations to existing structures and any exterior work other than replacement of building materials in kind and exterior paint color. The Commission does not regulate property use, but rather the aesthetic appropriateness to the historic property within the district.

Click here for documents related to the July 22th meeting.

Click here and here for documents related to the May 27th meeting.

Click here for Application for Certificate of Appropriateness

Click here for Handbook for Connecticut Historic District and Historic Properties Commissions. This may be a valuable resource for owners of historic houses and others interested in historic designations and building and landscape preservation.

Other valuable links: - Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation - National Trust for Historic Preservation - The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties - The Secretary of the Interior's Technical Preservation Services including The Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties


The full Historic District Commission meets monthly, usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. See the blue Calendar tab (above) for upcoming meetings. Special Subcommittee meetings are scheduled as needed. Agendas and minutes are available at the Town Hall and on this website. Meetings are open to the public.



The Woodstock Historic District Commission has 5 members and 3 alternates, appointed by Selectmen. Vacancies are filled by the Selectmen for the unexpired portion of the term.

Current Members

  • Harold Bishop
  • Timothy Monahan, Chair
  • Evelyn Cole Smith
  • Gail White Usher
  • Christine Johnson Lessig
  • Earl Manz, Alternate
  • Kent Weaver, Alternate
  • Vacancy, Alternate



  • Send regular mail to: Historic District Commission Woodstock Town Hall, 415 Route 169, Woodstock, CT 06281-3039
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  • Phone: Board of Selectmen's Office at (860) 928-0208 x310


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