John Lauber
Architectural Historian/Preservation Planner
M.A. Historic Preservation Planning, Cornell University

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Since beginning my historic preservation career in 1991, I have amassed unusually extensive and varied experience in the field, completing condition assessments, historic structures reports, historic properties reuse studies, documentation projects, cultural resource surveys, designation studies, and historic context narratives for heritage properties located throughout Minnesota and in ten other states.  I began my career as an intern for the Minneapolis and St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commissions, and have since worked for a private cultural resource management firm, a large engineering company, and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office.  I established an independent preservation consulting practice in 2003.  In 2014, I entered into a long-term contract with the Midwest Regional Office of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to serve as architectural historian for eight states.  I also serve as the contract preservation compliance officer for the Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.  I exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for both History and Architectural History.


When I’m not working I might be traveling, working on my car, riding my bike, or building something.  From left:  sightseeing in Barcelona; pulling the engine on the Model A; biking in cold weather; building an igloo at Holden Village.