IHPC administrator to retire after steering agency for 30 years

David Baker

David Baker, the administrator of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission, is calling it quits after 30 years in that job.

Baker made it official at the Nov. 1 IHPC hearing, noting he would step down at the end of January. He has been with IHPC since 1984, the first three years as an architectural review.

During his tenure, the IHPC has grown from overseeing five historic districts to 17 – all, he said, “really interesting and unique. They are great places to visit and be, and great places to live, work and play.”

He praised the support for historic preservation shown by commissioners, by staff, by city government, and by the residents of the neighborhoods. “That type of support should not be taken for granted,” he said.

A five-person search committee has been appointed to find Baker’s successor. IHPC Vice-President Bruce Stauffer said the goal is to make that appointment by the end of December so that January could be used as a transition month before Baker departs.

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