This is a new blog about discovering the ins and outs of architectural historic preservation and research. I will be volunteering at the city of Jacksonville (Florida) Historic Preservation Commission and hope to gain practical experience within the field.

I just want to start with a little blog disclaimer. I believe that when I refer to the Historic Preservation Commission in these entries it is a bit of a misnomer. According to the city of Jacksonville website:

The Planning and Development Department has been delegated to coordinate municipal historic preservation activities as well as provide assistance and information regarding historic preservation. The Historic Preservation Section of the department also acts as the administrative staff of the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission.

The commission is really just the board that regulates the preservation issues in a monthly meeting. The office that handles the day-to-day research, documentation and planning is the “Historic Preservation Section of the Planning and Development Department.” This is the office that I am actually volunteering for. We’ve got to make sure that we keep abreast of the subtle intricacies of governmental offices. However, for the purpose of this blog I will simply call the office “historic commission” or “the commission.”