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Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Commission 

Kelley Archer, Chair
Stephen Ryan
Katherine Gaudet
Robert Biggs
Julia May
Diana Huot
Ernest Lowell
Alyssa Bouthot - Advisor
Roger Gay - Council Liaison

The Historic Preservation Commission has two vacant seats at this time, if you are interested in joining or becoming an advisor, please complete our boards and commissions registration.

To view the agendas for Historic Preservation Commission Meetings, please click here

To view the minutes from Historic Preservation Commission Meetings, please click here. To listen to the recorded meetings, please click here

series of lectures and workshops for residents, owners, and appreciation of historic properties. 
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State & Local Impact of Historic Preservation with Caleb Johnson
May 10th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saco City Hall Auditorium 
Free and open to the public 


Although early preservation interest and historic survey work began in the 1970s, the city's current historic preservation efforts date to 1990. It was at that time that a significant Main Street house was demolished, spurring Mayor Mark Johnston to challenge the Historic Preservation Commission and the City Council to pass amendments giving teeth to a previously adopted historic preservation ordinance. Pertinent provisions of the ordinance are described in a separate document.

As a result, a citizens' Commission reviews exterior renovations on 175 properties on Main, North, Elm, Cross and Vernon streets, and 25 additional Beach Street properties added to the district in 1995. Some 26 properties on Middle and School Streets were added in September 1997. The Historic Preservation Commission takes pride in providing an expeditious review of building alterations and in cooperating with district property owners.

The state and federal governments recognized these efforts in 1991 by awarding Certified Local Government status. This has resulted in funding of City Hall architectural planning, a lecture series, historic survey work, and preparation of this walking tour brochure. For information about historic district regulations contact the city planning department, 282-3487.

The city's historic preservation efforts have been complemented by private efforts, such as the following historic house accommodations:

  • Hobson House A Celtic Inn, 398 Main Street, Maureen Flynn and Frank Zayac, proprietors, 284-4113. One of Saco's finest Federal Period mansions, the Hobson House was built circa 1828 for Rev. Jonathan Coggswell and has been home to two Saco mayors, including Joseph Hobson, for whom the Inn is named.
  • Bowers Mansion Inn, 408 Main Street, Cherie and James Pace, proprietors, 284-1734. The Bowers Mansion, named for mayor Roscoe Bowers, is one of the few Stick style residences in Saco. Built for lumber baron Joseph Hobson circa 1885, the mansion is distinguished for its decorative woodwork.
  • Crown 'N' Anchor, 121 North Street, John Barclay and Martha Forrester, proprietors, 282- 3829. Built for George Thatcher, Jr. in 1828, the Crown 'N' Anchor is one of the earliest Greek Revival houses in the state and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been home to Stephen L. Goodale, Maine's first Secretary of Agriculture, and George L. Goodale, founder of the glass flower collection at Harvard.

Certificate of Appropriateness 
The Saco Historic Preservation Commission's Application for Certificate of Appropriateness is available for you to print. 


Kelley Archer, HPC Chairwoman 

Staff Contact: 
Saco City Planner
300 Main Street
Saco, Maine 04072