Historic Preservation

COVID-19 Update

Historic Preservation Program staff is currently working semi-remotely due to COVID-19. Meetings with staff via phone, Zoom, or in person, are available by appointment. Applications for Historic Preservation Program review are now accepted digitally. Please email Tricia Olsen to make an appointment or to get access to a shared drive to submit your application.

Historic Preservation

The City of Coronado recognizes that there are unique and valuable resources within the community that reflect the City's cultural and historical heritage, and enhance community character. In an effort to develop awareness of the City's Historic Resources and encourage their retention, the City of Coronado has incorporated a Historic Preservation Element into the General Plan. The City also has adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance to implement the policies contained within the Preservation Element. The Coronado Historic Preservation Program is intended to respond to the needs of the community, and to assist in enriching the community environment with reference to its past, present and future.

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Determination of Historic Significance

Authorized by Chapter 84.10 of the Coronado Municipal Code, the Determination of Historic Significance Review is for Nominations for Historic Designation of buildings, structures, objects, or sites of any age; as well as for required review of structures that are 75 or more years old for which a project is proposed that includes demolition of original features visible from the street right-of-way. These reviews are more fully described in the City's Historic Preservation Program Guidebook (PDF). Other documents relevant to this review include:

Historic Resource Alteration Permits

Authorized by Chapter 84.20 of the Coronado Municipal Code, a Historic Resource Alteration Permit (HAP) review is required for any exterior modification to a designated Historic Resource. Specific findings for approval must be made by the Historic Resource Commission at a noticed public hearing in order to approve modifications to Historic Resources. These findings include consistency with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties; and, if the Historic Resource has or intends to apply for a Mills Act Agreement, conformity with the City's Alteration Guidelines for Mills Act Properties. Information on this review process can be found in the City's Historic Preservation Program Guidebook (PDF). Other documents relevant to this review process include:

Historic Resource Preservation (Mills Act) Agreement (HRPA)

Owners of designated Historic Resources in Residential Zones are eligible to apply for a Mills Act Agreement, a contract recorded on the property which provides a reduction in property taxes in exchange for preservation and restoration of the Historic Resource. More information about the City of Coronado's Mills Act program can be found in the City's Historic Preservation Program Guidebook (PDF). Documents relevant to the Mills Act in Coronado include:

Context Statement & City-wide Survey

The Coronado Historic Context Statement and City-wide Survey project is getting underway! For more information, visit the City's Comment Coronado page for this project, and view an informational flyer (PDF).

Additional Resources

Coronado Designated Historic Resources Map

This map can be used to explore the designated Historic Resources in Coronado from anywhere! Each pin represents a designated Historic Resource: click on the pins to see pictures and learn why each property was designated.