Historic Preservation Commission


  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Monday of each month
  • Planning and Zoning Office, Lower Level of City Hall, at 825 Broadway Street

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  1. Planning and Zoning

    Physical Address
    825 Broadway Street
    Lower Level of City Hall
    Pella, IA 50219


Members are appointed by the Mayor, subject to City Council approval, for three-year terms.

NameTerm Expires
Bruce Boertje (Vice-Chair) January 1, 2025
Don André January 1, 2025
Rhonda Kermode (Chair)January 1, 2027
VacantJanuary 1, 2024
Lorinda BradleyJanuary 1, 2027


The Historic Preservation Commission was established in 2014 and is currently a 5-member board.


  • Conduct studies for the identification and designation of historic districts and landmarks. Make a recommendation to the State Historic Preservation Office for the listing of a historic district or landmark in the National Register of Historic Places and may conduct a public hearing thereon. 
  • Make a recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council on the adoption of ordinances designating historic landmarks and historic districts if they qualify as per established Historic District ordinance.
  • Provide information for the purpose of historic preservation to the City Council.
  • Promote and conduct an educational and interpretive program on historic properties within its jurisdiction.

Historic District Designation Application

The Historic District Designation Application (PDF) is intended to highlight the City’s historic district ordinance and provide general guidance related to the establishment of a historic district. After reviewing the application, applicants should make contact with the City’s Planning and Zoning Department to discuss the details and administrative requirements to avoid significant delays and or invalidation.  

Local Historic Districts

Listed below are the local historic districts in the City of Pella.  All properties located within a local historic district require review by the City of Pella Historic Preservation Commission prior to doing work that requires a building permit.  Please call the Planning and Zoning Department at 641.628.0043 to discuss proposed updates to your property.  

Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District (established in 2021)

Scholte Garden Historic District (established in 2023)

Proposed Historic Districts