Historic Preservation Commission

Summit is a one of few New Jersey cities with a unique architectural heritage. Summit’s heritage includes building, structures, sites and streetscapes dating from the mid-18th century through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. These buildings and sites are diverse in style, well maintained and still largely intact. As a result, the city’s image is that of an old town with character. This is what distinguishes Summit from newer, suburban towns with tract developments; it makes Summit special and helps uphold its high real estate values.


Keep the History Alive


Summit’s Common Council believes that its historic buildings, structures and streetscapes are an intrinsic part of the value of the community and are deserving of respect and preservation.

Current Key Projects


  • The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) reviews Applications to the Zoning and Planning Boards for approvals of zoning variances on an ongoing basis.
  • HPC Manages a Historic Plaque Program to acknowledge the historical homes in Summit. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office.
  • HPC supports the nomination of the Summit Downtown Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places, and assists in educating residents, property owners and other interested parties in the benefits of historic designation.

Historic Preservation Commission Membership


Class A: Knowledge of building design, construction or architectural history.
  • Thomas Conway
  • James Burgmeyer
Class B: Knowledge of or interest in local history.
  • Patricia Meola
Class C: Four members, Summit residents.
  • Claire Toth
  • Meredith Gaylord
  • Todd Warren
  • Dolores O. Ward, Chair
Alternate: Up to two Summit residents
  • Caroline King, Alt. 1
  • Melissa Spurr, Alt. 2
Stephen Bowman, Council Liaison

Meetings and Minutes


View the city calendar for monthly meeting dates. Access meeting minutes in the Agenda Center.