About the Historic Preservation Commission
"When historic buildings are torn down or deteriorate, a part of our past disappears forever. We lose history that helps us know who we are. We lose opportunities to live and work in the kinds of interesting and attractive surroundings that older buildings provide." — National Historic Preservation Act
Historic preservation begins with an understanding of the places and buildings that give a community its distinctive character and sense of place. Historic preservation protects these places from neglect and stimulates economic vitality and community pride. Draper is Utah's 16th largest city by both size (over 30 square miles) and population (over 48,500 people). Draper's growth has been phenomenal and the new construction, people and businesses this growth brings are wonderful and welcome. But, put into perspective, Draper's historic resources are few, dwindling and found on only a few small streets in a very small area of our growing town.
The Historic Preservation Commission is different than the Draper Historical Society. The Commission assists the City in identifying, preserving, protecting and enhancing historic buildings, sites, monuments, streetscapes and landmarks within the city deemed architecturally or historically significant. The commission is composed of volunteers appointed by the Draper City Council and work to provide advice and assistance to the Council and to the citizens of Draper.
Draper's historic resources belong to everyone — new and longtime residents alike. They connect us positively to our shared heritage, broaden our (and our children's) experience, and may very well help keep Draper from becoming "Anywhere, USA". The Commission may be contacted for information on historic structures in Draper City, advice on how to preserve and care for your historic building, Historic Tax Credits or help in being listed on our local Historic Register or the National Register of Historic Places.