Historic Preservation Advisory Commission

Mission Statement
The purpose of the Great Falls/Cascade County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission is to provide a leadership role in the preservation of cultural, historic, and pre-historic sites, structures, buildings and districts within the City and County.

Created by Ordinance 2522, passed on October 18, 1988, and amended by Ordinance 2563 on April 23, 1990, and amended again by Ordinance 2652, passed April 20, 1993, Revised by Ordinance 2923, September 2005 (Land Development Code OCCGF 17.12.4).

Advises Cascade County, the City of Great Falls, Planning Board, and the Business Improvement District. The Historic Preservation Program promotes the preservation of historic and prehistoric sites, structures, buildings, and districts through the identification, evaluation and protection of historic resources within the jurisdiction of Cascade County and the City of Great Falls.

Nine members whose expertise/qualifications lie in the following areas: history, planning, archaeology, architecture, architectural history, historic archaeology or other history preservation-related disciplines such as cultural geography or cultural anthropology. Ownership of property nominated to the National Register of Historic Places may also qualify a person to serve on this commission. Four members are appointed by the City Commission, four members are appointed by the County Commission, and the ninth member with professional architectural expertise chosen by a majority of the other eight members.


Member Term Expires
Ruthann Knudson (City appointee) 4/30/2017
Carole Ann Clark (City appointee) 4/30/2018
Sandra French (City appointee) 4/30/2018
Paivi Hoikkala (City appointee) 4/30/2017
Kristi Scott (County appointee) 4/30/2019
Kenneth Robison (County appointee) 4/30/2017
Del Darko (County appointee) 4/30/2019
Vacant (County appointee) 4/30/2019
Ken Sievert (permanent) Chosen by the other members


Three year terms.

Meeting Schedule and Location
Meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Meetings are normally held in the Rainbow Room of the Civic Center.

Residency Requirements
None stipulated.

For Information on the Board Contact:
Historic Preservation Office, 455-8432.