Historic Preservation

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Monrovia has a long and rich history!  From our homes, to commercial buildings, and even our trees, we look to preserve the city for future generations. Our historic preservation efforts began in the early 1990’s with the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, who's purpose was to develop a strategy which would serve as a guide for the preservation of Monrovia’s significant historic structures. 

In 1995, the City Council adopted the Historic Preservation Ordinance.  In addition to the criteria and regulations for local historic landmarks, it established a Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to provide oversight of the program.  The HPC consists of seven Monrovia citizens appointed by the City Council to a three-year term.  Meetings are held every month on the Wednesday following the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, with additional meetings scheduled monthly, as needed.

The centerpiece of our Historic Preservation Ordinance is the designating of local historic landmarks.  We have almost 150 properties that have been determined to be historically significant based on one of the seven criteria in the Historic Preservation Ordinance. 

The Planning Division is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Historic Preservation Program, including:

  • Answering questions from current and prospective historic landmark owners
  • Conducting office and field research related to historic homes
  • Writing reports that place homes in historical and architectural context
  • Presenting Historic Preservation reports and related findings to the HPC and City Council
  • Processing historic landmarks, Mills Act contracts, Certificates of Appropriateness, and determinations of historic significance

Looking for more information?  Read this handout “Historic Preservation Overview” to find out about the program in greater detail and click here to see pictures of all of Monrovia’s Historic Landmarks. The Monrovia Historic Context Statement also has a wealth of information about Monrovia's history.

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