Preserving Arcadia

The City retained Architectural Resource Group, Inc. (ARG) in July of 2015 to prepare the City's first comprehensive Citywide Historic Context Statement and conduct an intensive-level survey of all the properties within the city limits that were constructed through 1970 (or all the properties that are 45 years of age or older at the time of the survey). 

Based on the evaluation, a total of 188 potential historic resources, including 165 potential individual buildings, 11 potential historic districts, and 12 potential non-building resources (structures, objects and sites) were documented through the survey.  The historic resources survey does not designate properties under the federal (National Register), state (California Register), and local (City of Arcadia) designation programs.  Although a survey provides recommendations regarding the eligibility of a property, no actual designation results directly from the process.


Special Meeting - February 1, 2017

Agenda - Discussion on Historic Preservation


 Historic Preservation Community Meeting - #2

Thursday, December 1, 2016


ArcadiaCommunityPresentation_12-1-16 - final


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Historic Preservation Community Meeting - #1

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Please come and attend our first community meeting and hear about the Citywide Historic Resource Survey, the process, eligible resources that were identified, and the effects of owning a surveyed property.  Click on the image below to view the postcard notice.

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City of Arcadia Historic Resources Survey Database and Historic Resource Survey Report

Historic Resource Survey Report and Context Statement

Appendix A - Database of Potential Individual Resources

Appendix A - Database of Potential Non-Building Resources

Appendix A - Database of Potential Historic Districts

California Register Status Codes for Appendix A

Appendix B - Map of Potential Historic Districts

Appendix C - Maps

What is a historic context statement?

A historic context statement is a written document that provides the framework for evaluating a property for historic significance and integrity.  Developed using the National Register Multiple Property Documentation (MPD) approach, the historic context statement provides an in-depth narrative account of the city's development history as reflected by its built environment.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive history.

What is a historic resources survey?

A historic resources survey is a process of systematically identifying, researching and documenting properties that reflect important themes in the city's growth and development such as architecture, city planning, social history, ethnic heritage, politics, industry, transportation, commerce, entertainment and others.  Historic resources include buildings, structures, objects, cultural landscapes, natural features and groupings of resources or areas known as potential historic districts.

Historic resources surveys can be used to:

  1. Enable informed planning decisions regarding the treatment of properties that contribute to the community's character or reflect its historical and architectural development.
  2. Establish priorities for preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation efforts within the community
  3. Provide City Planners with baseline information about potential historic resources from which to manage new development
  4. Provide the public with a better understanding of and appreciate for the built environment as a tangible link to the community's history
  5. Provide an objective, comprehensive basis for the City of Arcadia's conduct of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reviews as they affect potential historic resources.

 How is a historic resources survey conducted evaluated?  How are the resources evaluated?

 A survey typically beings with background research on a property, area or district to provide a basis to evaluate significance.  Survey teams then conduct field inspections in order to identify the resource's architectural, physical, and visual qualities and characteristics; assess the impacts or alterations; and were collected digitally and compiled into a database.  The data entered into the Property Database included address/location, year built, architectural style, architect on record (when known), alterations, summary statement of significance, and California Historical Resource Status Code(s).  California Register criteria were utilized for this effort since Arcadia does not have local eligibility criteria or guidelines. All evaluations were completed from the public right-of-way by vehicle or on foot.

Do surveyed resources automatically become designated?

No. Although surveys identify and evaluate resources that may be eligible for designation, no actual designation results directly from survey activity. 

How will survey information be recorded?

Information about properties and districts will be recorded in a customized database, which include all fields typically found in California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) 523 series forms.  This database has been saved in pdf, in the links above.

What type of information will be in the survey database?

The database will include various types of information on individual properties and potential historic districts relating to construction and ownership history, architecture, significance, and relevant evaluation criteria.  The database will also include maps.

Can resources that are less than 50 years old be considered "historic?"

A potential resource that is less than 50 years old may not be considered eligible for the National Register of Historic Places unless it is of "exceptional importance."  Such a resource may be considered eligible for the California Register if it can be demonstrated that sufficient time has passed to understand and gain a scholarly perspective on its historical significance.

What does it mean if my building is identified?

If your building is identified and recorded as part of the survey it means that the City's surveys, ARG, found it eligible for listing in the California Register. Identification in the survey is not the same as designation. Survey activity will not directly result in designation. Because the City of Arcadia does not currently have a local preservation ordinance establishing local eligibility criteria, ARG used an adaptation of the California Register criteria in the evaluation of potential local eligibility.

What if I don't want my property to be surveyed?

Approximately 16,800 parcels within the city limits were evaluated by the survey team, with the exception of those containing built resources that post-date 1970.  The survey is a way of gathering information on properties within Arcadia that may meet eligibility requirements for listing on the California Register. The scope of the survey included all built resources within Arcadia's city limits that were constructed from the community's initial development period through 1970.  The end date of 1970 was mutually decided up by ARG and City Staff, and ensured that the survey could sufficiently capture potentially-eligible resources that are 46 years of age or older.  All property types, residential, commercial and institutional were included in the project scope.  Also, all properties that were previously identified in the 2002 survey were re-evaluated by the consultants as part of this project. 

What if I have information or historic memorabilia? 

If you would like to share photographs or other materials that you feel may contribute importation information to the survey, please email them to Lisa Flores at  For more information please contact Lisa at (626) 574-5445.

Additional information regarding the survey can be found in the following City's Newsletters


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 Fall 2015 Newsletter cover

  City Newsletter Spring 2016                            City Newsletter Fall 2015