Historic Preservation

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In Process - Historic Context Statement

As part of the implementation of the Historic Preservation Ordinance, staff has retained a consultant from Sapphos Environmental, Inc. to complete a Historic Context Statement for the City, and to review historical reports from owners for proposed Landmark Designation, as needed. The Historic Context Statement will provide a framework for evaluating potential historic resources in the City. 

Public Engagement

Community Interactive Forum: Manhattan Beach's First Landmark Home - 2820 Highland AvenueHistoric House Interior

You are invited to the Community Interactive Forum on July 23, 2019: Manhattan Beach's First Landmark Home. Please bring your ideas to contribute to this significant event and help develop the City’s first Historic Context Statement. All are welcome!

Historic Context Statement Community Meeting

On March 20, 2019, the City of Manhattan Beach hosted a public workshop to begin the development of a Historic Context Statement that will provide a framework for evaluating potential historic resources for significance and integrity in the City.

We would like to invite the community to review the presentation and give input online to help form our first Historic Context Statement.

Please let us know what is important to you when forming our Historic Context Statement. You can also submit an image or video along with your ideas! Registration is optional.

Meeting Resources - March 20, 2019

First Historic Landmark Application – 2820 Highland Avenue

The property owners requested that their home, located on the southeast corner of Highland Avenue and 29th Street, on a walk street, be designated as a Historic Landmark. The 1,432 square foot, two story duplex was built in 1932 and is a Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style home.

On September 26, 2018, the Planning Commission recommended approval to the City Council to designate the property as a Historic Landmark, as it embodies the distinctive characteristics of a style, type, period, or method of construction. The 1932 home was constructed by well-known and reputable City builders, the Daugherty brothers, has a Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style characteristic of the City’s early history and is one of the few remaining Spanish style homes in the City with good integrity.

On March 19, 2018, the Historic Landmark Designation and Mills Act Contract will be going to the City Council for consideration. The Mills Act Contract is a request for property tax reduction with the requirement that the property be maintained and upgraded as a historic property.

Front view of white house at 2820 Highland Avenue  Side view of white house at 2820 Highland Avenue

Current Regulations:

On February 16, 2016 the City Council approved Ordinance No. 16-0034 amending Chapter 10.86 Historic Preservation Code to establish provisions for the preservation of Historic Resources. All designations require property owner consent. The Planning Commission acts as the Historic Preservation Commission and reviews and recommends Historic Landmark designations and other applications to the City Council for final action. 

On March 20, 2018, the City Council adopted a Mills Act Program, Resolution No. 18-0034, to provide incentives for property owners to preserve and maintain their property in exchange for a reduction in property taxes. The Mills Act is a ten year agreement between the City and the property owner. The Los Angeles County Assessor’s office reviews and calculates the final property tax reduction to the property owner.

The Historic Preservation Program materials, applications, and procedures are available below:

City of Manhattan Beach Historic Landmark Application (PDF)

City of Manhattan Beach Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF)

City of Manhattan Beach Mills Act Contract Application (PDF)

Please refer to the Planning and Zoning Fee Schedule for related fees.


If you would like more information on this program, please contact Planners Angelica Ochoa, at (310) 802-5517 or Rafael Garcia at (310) 802-5514 in the Community Development Department.

The Manhattan Beach Conservancy is a non-profit local organization that is a resource for the community on local historic preservation information, headed by dedicated volunteers.

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