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Like many communities, the city of Sedona places an emphasis on protecting and preserving its history via many avenues, including work done by the Sedona Historic Preservation Commission and through grants.

Earlier this summer the city of Sedona concluded dispersing funds to those historic landmarked properties that submitted eligible applications to participate in the 2016-17 Historic Preservation small grant program.

Warren Campbell, assistant director of the Community Development Department, said the purpose of the program is to provide matching funding to assist property owners in preserving Sedona’s historic resources.

“Historic preservation in Sedona is important as it is the responsibility of the current generation to preserve the historic, cultural and architecturally significant sites and structures for future generations,” he said.

City code states that it’s important to “identify and preserve the historic resources that represent distinctive elements of Sedona’s historic, archaeological, architectural and cultural heritage. Maintain and foster their unique identities and legacies, to help make the community a desirable place to live, work and visit.”

The recipients were required to provide a matching share equal to the amount of the grant award up to $10,000. The program resulted in approximately $45,000 in improvements — $20,000 from the city and the rest from the applicants.

Improvements included treatment to prevent termite damage, repair of termite damage, painting, window replacement and siding replacement, Campbell said.

Sedona is home to 23 designated historic landmark properties. Of these landmarks, eight are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. These include:

  • Jordan Ranch [three structures]
  • Sedona Ranger Station and Pump House [three structures]
  • Hart Store
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross

“The preservation of the 23 landmarked structures and sites in the city add to the sense of place, character, economic opportunities and overall fabric of Sedona,” Campbell said.

Other locally-landmarked properties that are publicly accessible include the Pushmataha building [home to Keep Sedona Beautiful], George Jordan Sales Building and Cook Cemetery. Additionally, there are 11 residential homes landmarked as well as the Owenby Ditch.

“The administration of the program was a joy as I was able to build strong relationships with several owners of historic city landmarked properties and become much more familiar with the properties and their connection to Sedona’s history,” Campbell said of the grant process.


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