Cultural Resources Preliminary Review

Request a Cultural Resources Preliminary Review


A Preliminary Review is an informal review of substantial projects that is performed by the Cultural Resources Office staff or by the St. Louis Preservation Board to advise on additions, major alterations to historic buildings, and new construction within designated historic districts.

For smaller projects, a Preliminary Review is not required. The CRO Hotspot Desk, located in Room 421 in City Hall, is available to answer questions concerning historic district standards and can advise applicants on planned work such as window & door replacement, repointing and other repairs. No appointment is necessary.


  • Bring High quality good photographs of the property, and schematic plans or a detailed scope of work.
  • For new construction projects, photographs of adjacent properties and a streetscape elevation showing the proposed building in context with adjacent properties is very helpful.  


By Email

  1. Download and fill out the A Preliminary Review Form
  2. Submit the completed form by mail or email with
    • Photos
    • Plans and site documents
  3. Contact the Cultural resources Office to arrange a meeting to discuss your project.


No fees for a Preliminary Review.

What to Expect

You should have a response to your submission from a Cultural Resources Office staff member within three (3) business days from its receipt in our office.

Additional Information

Please note that major development projects and most new construction within City Historic Districts must be reviewed by the Preservation Board. 

Preservation Board Meetings

The Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month and the agenda is finalized 14 days ahead of each meeting. Please take this into account when planning your project schedule.

Cultural Resources Review FAQ's


Cultural Resources Office

(314) 657-3865

1520 Market Street, Suite 2000
St. Louis, MO 63103

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon-Fri

Contact the Cultural Resources Office

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