Cultural Resources Office

The Cultural Resources Office is the preservation agency of the City of St. Louis and is responsible for review of exterior work within the City's 17 locally-designated historic districts, 130 landmarks, public parks and public buildings, and encroachments in the public right-of-way.

Cultural Resources Office

The Cultural Resources Office (CRO) works with property owners, neighborhoods, City departments, public agencies and elected officials to preserve our City's historic and cultural heritage. Under applicable standards and ordinances, we review:

  • exterior changes to City Landmarks and buildings in City Historic Districts;
  • demolitions in Preservation Review Districts and National Register Historic Districts;
  • projects funded by the City or that affect City-owned property
  • City projects funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CRO Satellite Office

The Office has a satellite office, CRO Hotspot, in Room 421 City Hall, down the hall from the Permit Section. CRO Hotspot was established to help citizens with over-the-counter applications and permit review. The staff is also available to assist in planning rehabilitation projects and to answer questions about historic district standards.


3/26/2020: Staffing of the Cultural Resources Office Hotspot Desk is suspended until further notice.

Please go to Room 425 to apply for a permit. The Cultural Resources Office will receive the permit application within 1-2 working days & will contact you to discuss the application. If you have questions, please call our main office at (314) 657-3865. Thank you for your patience.

St. Louis Preservation Board

The Preservation Board is a 9-member panel of citizens and design professionals appointed by the Mayor, charged with ensuring that the historic and cultural character of the City's designated districts and landmarks are protected and preserved. The Board:

  • recommends designations of local historic districts and City landmark designations;
  • advises City Administration and the Board of Aldermen on preservation issues;
  • reviews major development proposals in historic districts;
  • hears appeals of decisions made by the Director of the Cultural Resources Office.


The Preservation Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 4:00 P.M. at our offices at 1520 Market Street, Suite 2000. Meetings are open to the public and fully accessible. A preliminary agenda is posted here about two weeks before each meeting; the final agenda is posted several days in advance.


The Preservation Board's regularly scheduled meeting will be held Monday, November 23rd at 4:00 P.M. 

We are working to upgrade our meetings using technology to ensure participant safety and the opportunity for full participation by Board, applicants and the public, in person or remotely. Information about the next meeting will be posted here & on the City's Public Meeting Page.  

Contact Information


Phone: (314) 657-3865

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon-Fri

1520 Market Street , Suite 2000
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103

SE corner of Market and 15th Street

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