Historic Context Statement

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In collaboration with ASM Affiliates, a historic resources consulting firm in Pasadena, the City is in the process of preparing a citywide historic context that will serve as a tool for the evaluation and designation of potential historic landmarks and historic districts. 

What is a context statement you may ask?  A robust historic context is the foundation for identifying, evaluating, and handling historic properties and will help us make land use decisions. Historic contexts differ from other types of narrative histories because they identify important themes in history and then show how those themes relate to our existing historic properties.

The historic context statement underway will be specific to Monrovia and will be used to identify historic architectural themes that are unique to our history. It will also show us how themes within the region are exemplified in Monrovia’s built environment. Once we understand what themes are at play here, we will use the historic context statement to identify existing properties and districts that display each theme. This could include development patterns, cultural topics, or architectural trends.

At the informational meeting, held on August 24, 2017, ASM and the City provided a progress report on the project and presented initial research findings. But most importantly, residents participated in a discussion about the project’s goals, as well as contributed information about places and themes that may be historically significant, especially those associated with significant local events and people, as well as architecture. 

If you missed the meeting, but still want to participate in developing the Historic Context Statement, the links below will take you through the presentation and give you the opportunity to have input on your favorite Monrovia historic places.