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    The City's historic preservation program promotes the identification, evolution, 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. This map link shows all of the designated historic destricts within the city.   

    Please select one of the following options for more information about the City's Historic Preservation Program.

    Historic Pasadena Smart Phone App 

    The City of Pasadena has developed a free smart phone app to help people find historic properties in the City.  Using the app, you can search for any historic resources in your vicinity, search for specific types of historic resources, or follow a walking or driving tour.  A website listing all of the available tours, as well as a printed brochure with shortened versions of the tours will be released soon, but the app can be downloaded now from the iTunes store  for Apple devices or Google Play  for Android devices. 

    Overview of Pasadena's Historic Preservation Program  Click to view an annotated PowerPoint presentation about Pasadena's Historic Preservation program which was presented at a November 16, 2013 Historic Preservation workshop organized by Pasadena Heritage.

     Annual Reviews 

     View presentation about historic preservation work that was done in previous years.

    View 2009 Annual Review

    View 2010 Annual Review 

    View 2011 Annual Review  

    Green Tips for Historic Homes  Click to be directed to an article in Preservation Magazine’s about how to make your historic home environmentally friendly
    Historic Designation & Incentives   Learn about the different types of historic deseignation, effects of designation and incentives available to owners of designated historic properties.  
     Historic Preservation Awards   Learn about Pasadena's Historic Preservation Awards Program that will be held in late May 2014.  Award nominations may be submitted by anyone by Monday, April 21, 2014
    Historic Preservation Commission    Learn who is appointed to serve on the Commission and to view meeting agendas and minutes.

     Historic Preservation Documents & Applications 

    Download historic preservation documents including application forms, submittal requirements, brochures, etc. 

    Historic Preservation Ordinance   Read the Historic Preservation chapter of the Zoning Code.
     Historic Resources Database (CHRID)   Find detailed information and photographs of properties that have been designated as historic resources or included in a recent historic resources survey as well as historic context reports and National Register nominations with this tutorial and link.
    Historic Resources Surveys & Studies   Learn what historic resources surveys are and why they are conducted.  Also review information about current and past studies.   
     Pasadena Houses available for relocation    View buildings that need to be relocated to a new location and to find out the steps involved in relocating a building
    Sanborn Maps (1867-1970)    View historic building footprint maps.
    Links to Other Design & Preservation Agencies   Review a list with links to other city, regional, state and national agencies & organizaitons focused on architecture & historic preservation.