Historic Preservation

The City of Monrovia has a long and rich history that we aim to preserve.  From everything to our homes, commercial buildings and even our trees, we look to preserve the City for future generations.  The City of Monrovia’s historic preservation efforts began in the early 1990’s with the establishment of the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee.  The Committee’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 quarterly on the Wednesday following the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The centerpiece of Monrovia’s Historic Preservation Ordinance is the designating of local historic landmarks.  The City has well over 100 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
  • Applying technical work processing historical landmarks, Mills Act contracts, Certificates of Appropriateness and, demolition permit applications

Looking for more information?  Read this handout “Historic Preservation Overview” to find out about the program in greater detail.

As you may know, the City is in the process of updating the entire website and is a work in progress.  City Staff will continue to provide more information and documents that are available so check back.  In the meantime, click here to see pictures of all of Monrovia’s Historic Landmarks.