Landmarks Commission

Landmarks Commission

Landmarks Commission

Menasha downtown trolley tracks - Copy


The Menasha Landmarks Commission was established in October of 1995. During the creation of this commission, the Common Council declared as a matter of public policy that the "protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of improvements of special character, special historic interest or value is a public benefit in that such protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and continued use is believed to"...

  • serve as support and stimulus of business and industry and strengthen the city's economy;
  • safeguard Menasha's historic and cultural heritage;
  • stabilize and improve property values;
  • foster civic pride in accomplishments of the past;
  • promote the use of historic structures and sites for the education and enjoyment of Menasha residents; and
  • integrate the modern environment with historic buildings and sites.

source: Wisconsin Public Television

Menash PBS

Virtual Tour_Landmarks of Menasha


The Landmarks Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and subject to the confirmation by the Common Council. These members are made up of the following: the Community Development Director as an ex officio, non voting member; six members at large; and one appointed Alderman. The six Commission members are appointed to a three year term

  • Kim Massey
  • Dean Wydeven
  • Thomas Almendarez
  • Kate Mueller
  • Arnie Collier
  • Ald. Tom Grade
  • Vacant
Staff Contact: Joe Stephenson, Associate Planner





Menasha Historic Photo Contest:

The Menasha Landmarks Commission and the merchants of historic downtown Menasha invite everyone to participate in the 2019 "Discover Historic Menasha" photo contest.

To coincide with May being National Historic Preservation Month, the Commission is once again holding the "identify the photo" contest to build awareness and pride in the examples of historically significant architecture that may be found on the buildings throughout Menasha.

During National Historical Preservation Month, come spend some time in Menasha. Find the locations of the photos and visit the unique business establishments in the upper Main Street Historic District and other nearby. Enjoy the river walk and Marina as spring finally arrives and the boating season is just around the bend. It is a fun and educational way for the entire family to discover Menasha.

Participants need to locate the building or landmark where each photo was taken and write the address on the back of the entry form. Entry forms, which include a list of participating merchants, are now available at Menasha City Hall, Menasha Public Library, Menasha Senior Center, and many downtown businesses.

Official entry form can be found HERE. Good Luck!

The winner of the downtown shopping spree will be announced in June.


LANDMARKS GUIDEBOOK: Project Guidelines & Submission Information

HISTORIC DISTRICT APPLICATION: For Renovation, Remodel, or Signage Alterations in the Historic District

C-2 DISTRICT SIGN GUIDELINES: For Signage in the C-2 Central Business District Zoning District

HISTORIC DISTRICTS MAP: Locations of City of Menasha Historic Districts

FACADE GRANT APPLICATION: An application for the historic facade improvement grant.



Department of
Community Developmet
Menasha City Center
100 Main Street, Suite 200
Menasha, Wisconsin 54952
Phone: 920-967-3650
Fax: 920-967-5272

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Community Development Director:
Sam Schroeder e-mail

Associate Planner:
Joe Stephenson email

Community Development Coordinator:
Kristi Heim e-mail