Learn about the city’s historic buildings and the work of the Heritage Preservation Commission. Following a threat of demolition to the historic Opera House, which had long served as city offices, Litchfield formed a Heritage Preservation Commission in 2008 to offer local advocacy for the city’s unique historic character, helping to assure the continued protection and preservation of its significant properties. As described in the city ordinance, the purpose of the commission is:
- Safeguard the heritage of the City of Litchfield by preserving properties which reflect elements of the City’s cultural, social, economic, political, visual, or architectural history;
- Protect and enhance the City of Litchfield’s appeal and attraction to residents, visitors, and tourists, while enhancing its economic viability through the protection and promotion of its unique character as related to its history and heritage;
- Enhance the visual and aesthetic character, diversity and interest of the City of Litchfield;
- Foster civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the past;
- Promote the preservation and continued use of historic properties for the education and general welfare of the people of the City of Litchfield; and
- Provide educational opportunities on heritage preservation, act in an advisory capacity to its citizens, accept gifts and contributions for heritage preservation, and coordinate activities with various related groups.
As a Certified Local Government (CLG), the HPC actively pursues survey and designation activities, as well as opportunities for public education and the development of design guidelines. For more information, including meeting schedules and minutes, visit the official city HPC website.
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Four Litchfield sites are listed in the NRHP.
Locally-Designated Heritage Sites
The Heritage Preservation Commission is charged with the stewardship of Litchfield’s heritage. Following extensive research and review, the commission can designate an individual property, parcel, place, building, structure, work of art, or other object as a Heritage Preservation Site.
Downtown Design Guidelines
The Historic District Design Guidelines are common sense historic preservation principles in non-technical language. They promote historic preservation best practices that will help to protect our city’s irreplaceable historic character.
Local architecture reflects historical changes in fashions, beliefs, technology, and materials. This is a guide of the key features to the styles that you will find in Litchfield.