Historic Preservation Preservation Board

A New Job at St. Louis’ Cultural Resources Office

Today announced the creation of a new staff position at the city’s Cultural Resources Office. I can only applaud this wise move to create a permanent position funded from the city’s general revenue.

Our city’s local district ordinances deserve support and reasonable interpretation. The load of rehab and new construction in local districts is both high and steady, Consequently, the Cultural Resources Office has been greatly overwhelmed lately. One response to this welcome change could have been weakening the local district ordinances to be more lenient on design.

Instead, the mayor wisely went with another option — another staff member to process the myriad building permits under the review of the CRO.

On another level, the move is also welcome. The city could definitely use another full-time job in historic preservation. Potential applicants should wait for the forthcoming advertisement of the job before applying.