Salisbury Historic District Commission

Phone Number: 866-245-1276
Fax: 860-435-2724
Mailing Address: PO Box 429, Salisbury, CT 06068

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Pending Business

Agenda and supporting documents for Salisbury Historic District Commission – September 7, 2021 at 9am

Sample Roof Panel, Image and listing of local roof-mounted solar installations

COA (Revised) Application, 30 Main Street, Congregational Church of Salisbury, UCC
LEGAL NOTICE – Public Hearing – COA for Cong Church – Solar 7-27-2021
LEGAL NOTICE – Public Hearing – COA for Cong Church – Roofs 7-27-2021

Letters of Support – Congregational Church

Letters of Support – Received After Public Hearing

COA Application – 75 + 77 Main Street, Stiles House
LEGAL NOTICE – Public Hearing – COA for Stiles House Solar 7-27-2021

Completed Business

COA Application – 8 Main Street
Legal Notice

The Salisbury Historic District has developed this guide to provide residents with a clear understanding of the process of applying to the Historic District Commission for a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Click HERE for the brochure.

Carol Mason (appointment through 11/2021 ) Chairman
Tom Callahan (appointment through 11/2024) Vice-Chairman
Elyse Harney (appointment through 11/2022)
Robert Highsmith (appointment through 11/2023)
Open position (appointment through 11/2025)

Digby Brown (appointment through 11/tbd) 
Leon McLain (appointment through 11/2024) 
Kathy Voldstad (appointment through 11/tbd)

Advisory Board
Candace Cuniberti (appointment through 11/2021)

Recording Secretary
Georgia Petry

The American historic preservation movement arose during the 1960s as a response to the destruction of historic buildings brought on by “urban renewal,” a well-intentioned but insensitive effort to rebuild rundown neighborhoods.  Valuable old buildings, which had an important historic and contextual character, were destroyed in the process.  This destruction continues despite a growing awareness of the value of preservation.

The Town of Salisbury has been a leader in the historic preservation movement.  It was among the first ten towns in Connecticut to form a Historic District Commission.  As early as 1962, Salisbury’s First Selectmen William B. Barnett appointed a committee to survey the buildings in the township and make recommendations as to which properties should be recognized and included in historic districts. The report was completed in 1969 and the first two historic districts were established in 1970.  Since then additional districts have been designated.

Salisbury’s districts are varied.  Some are made up of single buildings.  Other districts contain a group of structures in close proximity to each other.  An example of a district with several buildings in Salisbury Center, which includes the Congregational Church, Scoville Memorial Library and the structures which housed Salisbury Academy building and Bushnell Tavern.  Important individual buildings are Ragamount Inn, Moore Leech’s House, “Holleywood,” and the Holley Williams House.

In the Town of Salisbury, the historic districts are intended to preserve the district character of the community.  Salisbury has several communities dating from different periods of history.  “Company towns” were built around industries.  In Lakeville the knife factory and its associated workers’ housing have been preserved.

The National Historic Registry has designed a process for establishing a District.  A Historic District can be created by the local Commission or by an individual for his or her own property.  The registration process includes a survey, which is sent to the State Historic Commission together with the reasons for the application.  After the state has approved the application, the local Commission approves the application.  Subsequently, an ordinance establishing the new District is written.  In a sense the Commission provides a forum for discussion and negotiation.

The main purpose of the local Historic District Commission is the preservation of the historic character within the village centers and the architectural integrity of the buildings which are under its jurisdiction.   The commission also works with the Planning & Zoning Board and other Town bodies on projects of mutual interest.

Historic District Commission members are appointed by the Board of selectmen and the Commission operates under the Connecticut statues and local ordinances.  The five members and three alternates serve five-year terms on a rotating basis.  Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Town Hall in Salisbury.  Members serve without pay, while the work of the Commission is funded by the Town.


For copies of minutes, that are not posted, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office, 860-435-5182.

September 7, 2021
Recording from 9.7.2021

July 28, 2021
Recording from July 28, 2021 Public Hearing Continuation

July 27, 2021
Recording from July 27, 2021 Public Hearing

July 6, 2021
Recording from 7.6.2021

June 15, 2021
Recording from 6.15.2021

June 1, 2021
Recording from 6.1.2021

May 4, 2021
Recording from 5.4.2021

March 9, 2021
Recording of 3.9.2021

February 2, 2021

January 5, 2021