Historic Context Statement
The City has drafted a citywide Historic Context Statement
What is a
Historic Context Statement?
The historic context statement is a
document that identifies the important themes relevant to the history
and development of the built environment of the City. The context
statement establishes periods of historical significance for each of
the important themes, while identifying significant property types. It
highlights character defining and associative features, and establishes
evaluation criteria and integrity thresholds. The intent is to provide a
framework for identifying and evaluating individual resources and
historic districts for the National, California, and local registration
programs. At the same time, the document helps City staff and the public
understand what makes a building historic- or not.
In 2012, the City Council authorized
City staff to apply for grant funds to help prepare a historic
context statement through the State Sponsored Certified Local
Government program. The City was selected to receive a grant in the
amount of $22,500 to prepare a historic context statement. The
City accepted proposals from qualified consultants to assist with
this effort and ultimately hired Historic Resources Group (HRG).
HRG worked with City staff and the public to produce the
The City Council approved the final draft of the Context Statement on November 12,
The final document can be viewed here:
HISTORIC CONTEXT STATEMENT JANUARY 2014
Link to OHP Library for Historic Context Statements
For more information
please contact Phil Dunsmore
at the Community Development Department.