Historic Preservation

Livingston Historic Preservation

 Old Time Picture of Livingston

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

The City of Livingston has four districts that are recognized by the National Register of Historic Places:  (1) Westside Residential, (2) Eastside Residential, (3) B Street, and (4) Downtown (business).  When requested, the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) provides guidance to owners who are maintaining, upgrading, or restoring historic properties in Livingston. 

The Downtown Historic District is recognized as an invaluable asset to the City, not only as a magnet for tourists but as a source of pride for residents.  For this reason, the City Commission passed the Historic District Overlay Zoning Ordinance in 1982, and created the HPC to carry out its intents and purposes. 

The law requires that the HPC review and approve all changes to the exterior of buildings and signs within the Downtown Historic District. The HPC conducts design reviews on the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the City-County Building. 

Applications for design review should be completed and returned to the Historic Preservation Officer, Jim Woodhull, ten days before a scheduled meeting in order to ensure placement on the agenda.   Questions on the application process may be addressed to Mr. Woodhull at 406-222-4903.


To learn more about historic preservation, click on any hyperlink in this brief hierarchical history: 

Congress enacts the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, to be administered by the Advisory Council Historic Preservation (ACHP)

The National Park Service maintains The National Register of Historic Places

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior issues the Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

State Historic Preservation Offices administer the National Historic Preservation Act at the state level via the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program

By ordinance, the Livingston City Commission creates the Historic District Overlay Zoning and the Historic Preservation Commission to ensure compliance with federal, state and local requirements. 



Historic Preservation Commission By-Laws

HISTORIC PRESERVATION: POWERED BY THE PEOPLE

It might be that the historic preservation movement was launched by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in 1858, when it saved George Washington's home.  But it is more generally held that the movement began in earnest about a half-century ago.  The reason: public outrage over demolition of the venerated Pennsylvania Station in New York City,

Slow but steady progress continued to be made.  Responding to heightened citizen interest and concern, in 1964 Princeton began offering the country's first graduate degree program in historic preservation.  Perhaps the most widely reported preservation effort, led by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1975, succeeded in saving New York's Grand Central Terminal.  Citizen concern still drives the preservation effort: in 2010 a Stuttgart, Germany crowd of 100,000 (one-sixth of the city's population) demonstrated against proposed changes to the city's hundred-year old Central Station.

Your Historic Preservation Commission strives to ensure that Livingston's residents, businesses, and visitors may continue to be enriched by our distinctive architecture.  Citizen concern and participation remain essential to this process. 

      LIVINGSTON THEN AND NOW

Here are four views looking south down Main Street.  Three are from the past, one is the current view:

1893: Main is a dirt street; horses and carts provide the transportation.

 Main 1893

Courtesy of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County, Montana

1900: Main remains unpaved, but the horses and carts are joined by a few early automobiles.

 Main 1900

Courtesy of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County, Montana

1920: Main Street is paved; there are no horses and carts.  The automobile reigns.

Main 1950

Courtesy of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County, Montana

2013: Main Street today.

Main 2013

Photo by Adam Stern

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Livingston Historic Preservation Office:

Jim Woodhull
 Preservation Officer

330 North Bennett Street
Livingston, MT  59047

Phone: (406) 222-4903
Fax: (406) 222- 5606


Historic Preservation Commission Members:

Ron Nemetz, AIA
Mr. Nemetz is a registered architect by profession with a strong background in historic preservation.  Ron has been involved in numerous historic preservation projects throughout the United States, including many revitalization and adaptive reuse projects in and around downtown Nashville, TN.  Ron has served on the Old Yellowstone Historic Advisory Board in Casper, WY, where he oversaw the renovation of several historic structures, and is currently renovating the Judge Frank Henry Mansion, an 1890's Queen Anne style home here in Livingston for his personal residence. 
email:  ronnemetz11@gmail.com

Jack Luther
Mr. Luther is a retired U.S. West Telephone Company employee.  He is a member of the Genealogical Society, past President of the Park County Historical Society and is currently a Yellowstone Bus Historical Tour driver.
email:  jluther729@aol.com

Bob Ebinger
Mr. Ebinger has been involved in Historic Preservation issues since 1980 in Los Angeles where he helped establish an Historic District in his inner city neighborhood.  He has restored his two historic residences in the intervening years.  He has written the biography of Emanuel Goughnour, an early Livingston lumber entrepreneur while developing Goughnour's former downtown property into high end loft style condominiums.  He is President of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum Administrative Board. 
email:  buffalojumppictures@gmail.com

Ruth Dargis
Ms. Dargis who is retired, is a member of the Park County Historical Society and serves on the Board of the Friends of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum.
email:  ruthkdargis@hotmail.com

 


 

 

 

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