The Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC), established initially in 1980, is part of a nationwide network of groups dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our architectural heritage. The five member HLC serves as a citizen advisory body to the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners and the Sisters City Council.  The role of the HLC is to assist property owners in rural Deschutes County and the City of Sisters preserve historically and architecturally significant buildings and sites.

Historic Preservation Strategic Plan:

The Deschutes County Community Development Department has developed a historic preservation strategic plan for rural Deschutes County and the City of Sisters.  Staff conducted a series of public meetings providing stakeholders, historic landmark owners, and community members opportunity to provide feedback that will help prioritize preservation programs. In addition, an informal online survey was available to submit comments.  The strategic plan, attached below, will provide a framework for shaping the rural county and Sisters’ preservation programs and services over the next five years and create a blueprint for allocating Certified Local Government (CLG) grant funding. 

Historic Landmarks:

With assistance from a Certified Local Government grant, volunteer photographers in Fall 2013 photographed approximately 51 historic landmarks located in rural Deschutes County and the city of Sisters.  These photographs are incorporated into an interactive website and mapping system managed by the Community Development Department that enables viewers to learn more about each property’s historic and cultural heritage.