About the Preservation Board and Membership Info

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Preservation Board members are selected by the Mayor, confirmed by City Council, and serve without pay or compensation. Members must be City residents and serve for terms of two years, and may serve without limit to the number of terms. Board membership must include one member from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors; one from a recognized historical association; two registered architects; two residents of Preservation Districts; and one city resident at large.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board, please contact Josanne Reaves in the Mayor’s Office either by email at: Josanne.Reaves@CityOfRochester.Gov or by phone at: (585) 428-6140.  

Full Members:
Christopher Carrett, Chair Realtor
Karsten Solberg, Vice Chair Architect
Isaac Bracher Architect
Gerald Gamm Preservation District Resident

Alternate Members:  
Edward Cain Preservation District Resident
David Matthews Architect 

Christopher Snyder, Staff
Suzanne McSain, Acting Secretary
Tom Warth, Legal Counsel