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.
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.
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 will become a museum to provide visitors with a glimpse of what life was like in Mansfield in the late 1800s.
The current project includes the restoration of the house and barn, also built in 1865. Future work will include the construction of a visitor’s center and an outdoor amphitheater, as well as the addition of some smaller historical structures. The new museum is expected to open in 2020.
Take a sneak peek at the R.S. Man House, home of the City’s co-founder, Ralph Man.
Our coverage of the restoration continues with a 360 tour of the work going on at the R.S. Man House. Take a look around!
Tour courtesy of HPO360.
Historic Mansfield videos highlight the stories of the buildings, people and events that shaped our city’s history.
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. In 2020, Mansfield celebrates the 130th anniversary of the City’s incorporation. To mark this milestone, we want to know YOUR stories about life in Mansfield. Tell us about your experiences in Mansfield: growing up, going to school, working or simply living here. Read on...
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..
Historic Landmark Commission Annual Report 2019