Historic Preservation

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About Historic Preservation

The City’s historic preservation program promotes the identification, evaluation, rehabilitation, adaptive use, and restoration of historic structures. The links below will guide you to a wide variety of detailed information about the City designated and surveyed historic properties and districts, the process and criteria related to the designation of historic sites and districts and the process for obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction, alterations, additions, re-locations, or demolitions within a historic site or district.

Pasadena Designated Historic Districts


Historic Walking and Driving Tours

In 2012, the City of Pasadena received a grant from the California Office of Historic Preservation, through the Certified Local Government program, to create a public information program about historic resources in Pasadena. Take a tour using the web or download the Historic Pasadena Smart Phone App.
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Historic Resources Database

The California Historical Resources Inventory Database (CHRID) is a searchable, interactive database of historic properties that contains information about every designated historic property and district in the city and many other properties and districts that have been identified in recent historic resources surveys including the city’s most recent citywide survey of buildings constructed in the Mid-twentieth Century (1935 – 1965). The database was developed by the City of Ontario and a company called CFWebtools with the intent of being used by cities throughout California. Download the CHRID Tutorial below to learn how to use the database or click on the link to begin using the database.

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Historic Preservation & Incentives

Learn about the different types of historic designation, effects of designation and incentives available to owners of designated historic properties.

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Historic Resource Surveys

A historic resources survey identifies and evaluates historic resources within a particular geographic area or based on a particular type of resource (i.e. multifamily housing, specific architectural styles, etc.).

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Historic Preservation Ordinance

Read the Historic Preservation chapter of the Zoning Code

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Historic Preservation Commission

Advisory of the City Council on the promotion, protection and use of Pasadena cultural resources. It recommends the designation of landmarks and landmark districts, and prepares brochures and other material designed to promote public awareness of Pasadena’s unique heritage.

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Historic Preservation Awards

May is Preservation Month, an effort spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that began in 1971 as Preservation Week and was expanded to a month-long celebration in 2005. In Pasadena, historic preservation month has been celebrated since 2004 with an annual awards program that recognizes positive contributions to historic preservation in the city.

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Mills Act

The City of Pasadena Historic Property Contract Program was established by ordinance in October 2002 under the authority of a State enabled program known as the Mills Act (California Government Code, Article 12, Sections 50280-50290).

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Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

ProQuest’s Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 provides academic and public libraries digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. In electronic form, Sanborn Maps take on much improved value over the microfilm versions of the same maps, allowing for greater flexibility of use and improved viewing possibilities. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections.

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Houses Available for Relocation

The Historic Preservation Commission may recommend that a structure of historical significance be relocated rather than demolished. Relocation may be within the city or outside the city limits. When moving the building to another site within Pasadena, adherence to building permit procedures is required.

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Map My Neighborhood

Use this interactive map to locate and obtain information about designated historic resources. Click the box next to “Historic Properties” to turn on this map layer.

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Projects and Studies

Find information about historic resource surveys, historic gardens, and other landmarks throughout Pasadena.

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Historic Preservation Documents

A list of information packets related to the city’s historic preservation program.

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