Historic Preservation

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May 2021 is National Historic Preservation Month

Join us as we celebrate Mansfield's history in May. Learn about our city's past through special programs scheduled throughout the month, including special exhibits at the Mansfield Historical Museum, tours at the new Man House Museum and guided tours of historic downtown. See the Calendar of Events here.

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May is Historic Preservation Month and the City’s preservation staff challenges you to take a run, walk or ride through Mansfield’s Original Town historic district. You’ll find yourself surrounded by more than 130 years of Mansfield’s history.

 Each Monday in May, we’ll offer a new challenge with a goal to accomplish. Just post photos of what you find and share using #historyontherun and #mansfieldmuseum. For your safety, please cross streets at marked intersections and follow all traffic regulations.

Here's our  first challenge!

  • Go through the West Side neighborhood. A map is available here.
  • Find a Queen Anne style home. There are several in the area, with two listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some key characteristics are listed here on page 21.
  • Find a home with a full or partial asymmetrical porch.
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May 2021 Historic Mansfield Walking Tours

FREE Guided Walking Tours of Historic Mansfield!

Tours will be given every Saturday in May starting May 1, 2021. Join Mansfield's Historic Preservation Officer and his volunteers on a walking tour of the Historic Downtown.

Sign up for a free walking tour here

Man House Demonstrations May 2021

What's Happening at the Man House in May?

Come out on Saturdays during the month of May to celebrate Historic Preservation Month with live demonstrations and some old-fashioned lawn games!

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The Mansfield City Council and the Historic Landmark Commission are committed to the preservation of Mansfield’s heritage, that of the rural community it once was and the modern city that it has become. The Mansfield Historic Preservation Program encourages the protection of the historic buildings and spaces that tell our story.

The Historic Landmark Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on the designation of historic sites or districts in Mansfield. The commission also acts and assists the council in formulating design guidelines and other supplemental materials relevant to the historic preservation or design review. 

WHAT MAKES A PROPERTY HISTORIC?

Historic properties have a special character, historical or cultural interest and represent a period or style of architecture typical of the different eras in Mansfield’s history.

To be considered historic, a property must be at least 50 years old. But it is not just age that matters. The property must also retain its historic physical integrity. In the case of a building, character-defining features relative to its significance must still be present.

Finally, the property must have historic significance. Significance may be through association with individuals or events that shaped Mansfield’s history or through buildings or structures that embody distinctive historical architectural elements.

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MAN HOUSE RESTORATION COMPLETED

The restoration is complete and the Man House Museum opened on December 12, 2020. The Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM. If you aren't able to visit in person right now, this 360- tour shows some of the Museum's collection. There's a lot more to see at the Museum, so plan a visit.

Begun in 1865, the R.S. Man House, built by Mansfield co-founder Ralph Man, is located just west of Historic Downtown Mansfield on Broad Street. The Man House Museum provides visitors with a glimpse of what life was like in Mansfield in the late 1800s.

The current project included the restoration of the house and barn, also built in 1865. Future work will include the construction of an information center and an outdoor amphitheater, as well as the addition of some smaller historical structures. The information center will be completed in 2021.

Take a 360-tour of the Man House during the reconstruction.

360-tours courtesy of HPO360.

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HISTORIC MANSFIELD

Historic Mansfield videos highlight the stories of the buildings, people and events that shaped our city’s history.

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THIS IS US:  A Mansfield History Project


Historic preservation is more than just the places and events important to the City’s past. It’s also about the experiences of the people who live here.  We want to know YOUR stories about life in Mansfield.  Tell us about your experiences growing up, going to school, working or simply living here.  Write your story and submit it in one of the following ways:

1. Drop your story off in person at the Planning Department at City Hall, the Mansfield Public Library or the Mansfield Historical Museum.*

2. Send your story by mail or e-mail your story to the Historic Preservation Officer or Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center.*

3. Submit your story online through the City's website

*For in-person, mail or emailed stories, please include the "This Is Us" submittal form.

Arlington Today - This Is Us Article

Check out this article on our This is Us program in Arlington Today! Please consider sharing your stories. We want you to be a part of our record of the history being made today.  Read the article here..


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Historic Landmark Commission Annual Report

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  1. Art Wright

    Phone: 817-276-4226