Coronado Historic Context and Survey

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Historic Preservation Program staff is currently working remotely due to COVID-19.  Please contact Tricia Olsen at [email protected] for instructions on how to submit applications for Historic Preservation Program reviews during this time, or for information on the City's Historic Context Statement and Survey Project.  You can find additional information on the City of Coronado's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on the City's COVID-19 information page.

Coronado Historic Context Statement and Survey

Historic Context Statements and Surveys are planning tools for understanding, identifying, evaluating, and protecting the City’s historical resources.  Context Statements provide the foundation for successful survey work.  They provide an analytical framework for identifying and evaluating resources by explaining the broad patterns of historical development of a community that are represented by the physical development and character of the built environment.  

Historic Surveys are intended to identify potentially significant properties, provide information needed to make informed planning decisions, prioritize preservation goals and objectives, and increase the public’s understanding of and appreciation for the built environment.  Conducting a Survey involves archival research, development of a historic context, field survey, and recording of information.

The goal of the City of Coronado’s Historic Context Statement and Survey project is to develop these tools for use in the City’s Historic Preservation Program.  Currently, the Coronado Municipal Code requires any structure in the City that is 75 or more years old to be reviewed for historic significance as a Historic Resource, prior to demolition of any original features that are visible from the street right of way.  This essentially results in any structure that is 75 or more years old being considered “potentially historic” and results in confusion regarding what type of development is allowed.  Upon adoption of the completed Historic Context Statement and Survey, the number of “potentially historic” properties in the City would be narrowed down to only those properties identified in the Survey, providing clarity to the public and more certainty regarding whether a property may qualify as a Historic Resource.

The City has contracted with DUDEK to complete the Historic Context Statement and Survey project.  It is estimated that this project may take between 12-18 months to complete.  Throughout that time frame, this webpage will be used to provide updates on the status of the Historic Context Statement and Survey project. 

You can view an informational flyer with Frequently Asked Questions about the project by clicking here.

And, if you missed the Historic Context Statement and Survey Kick-Off meeting on September 12, 2019, you can view  the  presentation that was given at the meeting here:

We want to hear from you!

Now through October 31, 2019, the City is seeking input from the public on Coronado’s history.  A mapping tool has been developed for the public to use to provide information to City staff on locations that are significant to Coronado’s history, and is available at this link:

Historic Context and Survey Map

The public is encouraged to provide any other information, historic photographs, or other information relevant to Coronado’s history via email to the City’s Historic Preservation Planner, Tricia Olsen, at

[email protected]

You are also  invited to answer the following questions in order to aid in the development of a Citywide Historic Context Statement for the City of Coronado.  Please take a few minutes to tell us about the places, people, and events that have shaped Coronado's history and built environment. It might also get you thinking about some pins to place on the map that is linked above, or jog your memory about some additional information or documents you want to provide via email.  You can complete the questionnaire in pdf form by clicking here to download the pdf, then delivering it to Tricia Olsen at the Community Development Department via mail, email, or in person, at your convenience. Or, you can complete it by filling out the forms below. Thank you for taking the time to participate! 

Tell Your Coronado Story
1.What events, or people, in Coronado's history helped shape the  built environment?

2.What places in Coronado help tell the story of the City's history? Why?

3.What architectural styles do you associate with Coronado's history and built environment?

4.Please provide your name and email address.

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