Monica Historic Resources Inventory
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is the Historic Resources Inventory?
The Inventory is a database used by the
City to identify properties of potential historic
significance. Each property listed on the Inventory was
evaluated by preservation professionals using nationwide
standards and criteria. For each property listed on the
Inventory, the City Planning Division has an information
sheet, known as a “DPR” sheet that follows the format
developed by the United States Department of Parks and
Recreation. Copies of these sheets are available from
the Planning Division upon request.
did the City of Santa Monica develop its Historic
In 1980, the City Planning
Division staff began the process with a study of the
Central Beach Tract neighborhood. In 1982-83, the City
authorized a citywide survey, which became Phase I
of the Historic Resources Inventory, identifying 2,775
sites of potential significance city-wide and
documenting 555 of those sites, mostly located in a
strip along the western City boundary, on inventory
forms. In 1985-86, the City obtained a matching grant
from the California Office of Historic Preservation to
continue the process; Phase II of the survey
documented the sections of the City north of Montana
Avenue not previously inventoried and produced an
additional 162 inventory forms.
of the Santa Monica Historic Resources Inventory was
completed in May of 1994, and encompassed the remaining
75% of the City. An additional 660 properties were
recorded on inventory forms, bringing the total number
of documented historic resources to 1377. Soon after,
the Inventory was reevaluated and
with the specific purpose of determining the Northridge
Earthquake’s overall effects on historic resources. The
survey utilized the existing list of previously
inventoried properties and associated inventory forms
and City records to assess those properties that were
damaged by the earthquake.
update, completed in 1998
focused on the Third Street Promenade and Central
Business District, two potential historic districts
surveyed in Phase I that together comprise Santa
Monica’s downtown core. The objective of the update was
to re-survey the area and document altered and
demolished buildings, identify potential additions to
the districts, reevaluate National Register status
codes, and make recommendations for the restructuring of
the districts where appropriate. The survey found that
there had been a significant loss of historic resources
in Santa Monica’s downtown area, particularly within the
Third Street Promenade.
2002, the residential area north of Montana
Avenue to the City borders was updated. Adjustments
were made to the Inventory and the loss of resources in
some areas led to the elimination of some potential
historic districts. The Inventory now includes
approximately 1300 properties.
Are any more updates planned?
2001, the Council authorized the City Planning Division
to undertake a five-year cycle to update the Inventory
in all parts of the City. The north of Montana Avenue
update was the first part of this cycle, and the City
Planning Division is currently working with consultants
to update the Inventory in the Ocean Park area. When
this study is completed in 2004, another area will be
selected for the next phase of the update.
What do the Evaluation Codes mean?
evaluation codes indicate whether a resource is eligible
for historic designation either individually or as part
of a historic district. They also indicate whether the
significance is at the local (Santa Monica) level or
whether it might be eligible for the National Register
of Historic Places. In some cases, a resource is
individually eligible as well as a district contributor.
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Q: If a
property is not on the list, does that mean that it
cannot be designated as a Landmark?
necessarily. Although the City has regularly updated
the Inventory, there are parts of the City that have not
been updated since the 1980s. In addition, the
perspective on the significance of historic resources
changes over time. It is important to remember that the
Inventory is a database but it is not a conclusive list
of all potential historic properties. Staff conducts
more thorough research at the time that a property is
nominated for designation in order to provide a
recommendation for the Landmarks Commission’s
Q: Are Realtors required to disclose
whether a property is on the Inventory to a prospective
December 2003, the Council adopted an ordinance that
requires that Realtors disclose whether a property is
listed on the Historic Resources Inventory prior to any
sale of a property in the City of Santa Monica. A form
for this purpose will be made available prior to January
15, 2004, the effective date of the ordinance.
information, please call the City Planning Division at
(310) 458-8341, or visit the Planning Counter at City
Hall, 1685 Main Street, Room 111.