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Designation of New Historic Districts

Historic Preservation Planning Section

 

Overview

A historic district is defined by the City’s Municipal code as “a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, or objects that are united historically, geographically, or aesthetically by plan or physical development and that have a special character, historical interest, cultural or aesthetic value, or that represents one or more architectural periods or styles in the history and development of the City.”

In other words, a historic district is a geographically defined concentration of resources – typically buildings – that come together to collectively convey a shared significance under one or more of the City’s PDF icon designation criteria. Individual buildings within the boundary of the historic district may or may not be significant in their own right, but much like pieces of a puzzle these properties come together to paint a picture and tell an important story about our City’s past.

The Historic Preservation Planning section is responsible for the identification and designation of new historic districts consistent with City codes, policies and procedures. The following documents provide information on the process, requirements, responsibilities and benefits:

 

Current Work Efforts

With the adoption of the Community Plan Updates (CPUs) for North Park and Golden Hill in late 2016, the Planning Department committed to an aggressive six-year work program to bring forward all thirteen potential historic districts identified in the reconnaissance surveys that were prepared in support of the CPU efforts. The prioritization of the districts was developed in concert with the community and the Community Planning Groups, as follows:

Processing Year District

Number of

Properties

Community

Date

Designated

Historic District Processing Work Program
 
2017 (Year 1)

Spalding Place

Valle Vista Terrace

South Park

14

89

385

North Park

North Park

Golden Hill

July 27, 2017
2018 (Year 2)

Park Boulevard Apartment*

Shirley Ann Place Expansion

33

26

North Park

North Park

 
2019 (Year 3)

Culverwell & Taggart's

Park Villas

245

48

Golden Hill

North Park

 
2020 (Year 4)

Altadena

Kalmia Place

400

20

North Park

North Park

 
2021 (Year 5)

28th Street

St. Louis Heights

45

135

North Park

North Park

 
2022 (Year 6)

30th Street Commercial

Wabash Mesa

128

82

North Park

North Park

 

*Includes the western side of Park Boulevard, in Uptown

(Updated May 2017)

 

Processing Year 2017

The Historic Preservation Planning section is processing three historic districts this calendar year: Spalding Place and Valle Vista Terrace, located in the North Park community, and South Park, located in the Golden Hill community. Work on these districts is well underway.

 

Spalding Place Historic District

Map illustrating the boundary of the Spalding Place Historic District and the location of contributing and non-contributing resources.The Spalding Place Historic District is located in the University Heights neighborhood in San Diego. Map illustrating the boundary of the Spalding Place Historic District and the location of contributing and non-contributing resources.The district consists of 11 contributing buildings and 3 noncontributing buildings, all built between 1909 and 1912. The contributing buildings include 1 one-part commercial block building and 10 modest Craftsman bungalows. The district is located on Spalding Place, a one-lane street that runs east to west between Georgia Street and Park Boulevard, surrounded by a mix of residential and commercial buildings that represent successive eras of the neighborhood’s development. The Spalding Place Historic District is eligible for designation under HRB Criterion A as a special element of University Heights’ historical and architectural development, reflecting its development as a streetcar suburb and the influence of Craftsman architecture on modest residential development in San Diego.

The Spalding Place Historic District is tentatively scheduled for the following public meetings and hearings:

(Updated August 2017)

 

Valle Vista Terrace Historic DistrictMap illustrating the boundary of the Valle Vista Terrace Historic District and the location of contributing and non-contributing resources.

The Valle Vista Terrace Historic District is located in the University Heights neighborhood in San Diego on a promontory above Mission Valley. The district boundary includes all of the parcels in the Valle Vista Terrace Subdivision, which includes irregularly shaped lots surrounding both sides of the curvilinear loop of Panorama Drive, along Cliff Street, and on the north side of Adams Avenue between its east and west intersections with Panorama Drive. It includes 89 parcels, including 86 houses, and the district boundary encompasses the subdivision that historically contained these houses. The district consists of 61 contributing buildings, all built between 1908 and 1942, and 28 non-contributing buildings. The Valle Vista Terrace Historic District is significant for its associations as an early 20th century residential subdivision in University Heights and meets Historical Resources Board Criterion A in the areas of historical and architectural development for its local significance. The district is also significant as a collection of architectural properties that are good examples of several architectural styles dating from 1908–1942, and meets Historical Resources Board Criterion C. The period of significance begins with the subdivision of lots and construction of the first residence on Panorama Drive in 1908, and ends in 1942, the year that development in the district halted, marking the end of the original development of the district and the construction of contributing resources.

The Valle Vista Terrace Historic District is tentatively scheduled for the following public meetings and hearings:

(Updated October 2017)

 

Map showing the South Park Historic District boundary and the location of contributing and non-contributing resources.South Park Historic District

The South Park Historic District is located in the Golden Hill community of San Diego, bounded roughly by 28th Street to the west, Elm Street to the north, 31st Street to the east and A Street to the south, excluding some portions of the northeast corner. The South Park Historic District is comprised of 407 built resources on 396 land parcels (including two vacant parcels). Due to the unique development history of South Park, the number of resources in the district is not the same as the number of land parcels or owners. The South Park Historic District is eligible for designation under HRB Criterion A as a special element of Golden Hill's historical and architectural development, reflecting both its development as a streetcar suburb, and a range of architectural styles from the first half of the 20th century represented in various socio-economic expressions. The period of significance identified for the district begins with the first development in South Park in 1906 and ends the general buildout of the district and decommissioning of the streetcar in 1949. The district consists of 295 contributing resources, all developed between 1906 and 1949, and 112 non-contributing resources. The degree of integrity exhibited by the district contributors makes it one of the best unified examples of an early 20th century streetcar suburb in the community.

The South Park Historic District is tentatively scheduled for the following public meetings and hearings (please check back for schedule updates):

  • June 19, 2017: Historical Resources Board Policy Subcommittee

    • PDF icon Memo to the HRB Policy Subcommittee Regarding the South Park Historic District
    • Meeting Results: At the Policy Subcommitttee Meeting, the Subcommittee did not suggest any revisions to the historic context, statement of signficance and period of significance. Discussion of the proposed district boundary was forwarded to a second Policy Subcommittee meeting, following a site visit to the South Park Historic District.
  • July 10, 2017: Historical Resources Board Policy Subcommittee
    • Meeting Results: At the Policy Subcommittee Meeting, the Subcommittee forwarded the nomination on for continued processing, with a recommendation to expand the district boundary to include 18 additional parcels at the northeast corner of the district. The expanded boundary now also includes the east side of the 1700 block of 30th Street, the north side of the 3000 block of Date Street, the east side of the 1600 block of Grove Street (through 1625 Grove Street) and the north side of the 3000 block of Cedar Street. The South Park Historic District nomination will proceed with this expanded boundary.
  • August 12, 2017: Property Owner Workshop
  • September 28, 2017: Historical Resources Board 1st Hearing
    • PDF icon Meeting Agenda
    • PDF icon Staff Report to the Historical Resources Board
    • Meeting Results:  On September 28, 2017 the Historical Resources Board held the first hearing for the South Park Historic District. At the meeting, the Board voted to accept the historic context and boundary description as propososed; accept the statement of significance, with direction to staff to revise it to address an expanded period of significance through 1949; and accept the proposed period of significance, with direction to staff to extend it through 1949 to include the end of the streetcar era (1906-1949). In regard to the classification of contributing and non-contributing resources, the Board provided direction to staff to re-classify properties with asbestos shingle siding from Non-Contributing to Contributing when the asbestos shingle siding was the primary factor in how the proeprty was classified; and to review the PDF icon properties identified by the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) and reconsider whether those properties should be reclassified as Contributing Resources. In response to this direction, staff will be revaluating all properties constructed or altered between 1931 and 1949, as well as the properties identified by SOHO, and it is expected that the classification of at least some of these properties will change. Information regarding the results of this analyiss will be provided in the October Staff Report to the Board.
  • October 26, 2017: Historical Resources Board 2nd Hearing

(Updated October 2017)

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