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Since the City’s incorporation in 1911, Glendora has evolved from a small community of citrus growers to an urban municipality of over 50,000 residents. Glendora’s heritage and history is represented through its buildings, parks, neighborhoods and landmarks. From the downtown Village and nearby bungalows to the subdivisions of the 1950s and 1960s, the built environment is a reflection of the Glendora’s history and growth through the years.

Historic preservation is an effort to protect and preserve buildings and locations that are significant due to their architectural or cultural importance. The Planning Commission is appointed by the City Council to review alterations to historic buildings, consider applications for historic landmark status, and support the preservation of historic resources in the community.

List of designated Historic Landmarks and Historic Resources

If you are interested in historic preservation, or believe that property you own is historically significant, please consider the following resources:
Historic Glendora Walking Tour Brochure
Glendora Library
Glendora Historical Society

Glendora Historic District
The City of Glendora has one designated Historic District, covering a residential neighborhood in the Vicinity of the Glendora Village. Homes and other structures in the district have been documented pursuant to an historic resource survey conducted in 1995. Alterations to buildings in this area are reviewed by the Historic Preservation Committee pursuant to a “Certificate of Appropriateness.”

If you plan to remodel or otherwise alter your property, and your property is located in the Historic District, please contact the Planning Division for information regarding a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Historic Landmark Status
An historic City landmark includes residential or commercial buildings that are architecturally, historically, and/or culturally significant. The owner of a designated landmark must agree to maintain and preserve the integrity of the property’s exterior in perpetuity. Please refer to Section 21.030.050 of the Glendora Municipal Code regarding historic landmark status.

Is my house historic? How do I apply for City Landmark designation?
As a general rule, buildings or structures that are 50 years or older may be considered historic; however, age is not the only factor. Certain findings must be substantiated in order to be eligible for City Landmark designation.

Historic Landmarks must meet at least one of the following:
1. Exemplify or reflect special elements of historical, architectural, archaeological, cultural or aesthetic heritage.
2. Are identified with persons or events significant in local, state or national history.
3. Embody distinctive characteristics of a style, type, period or method of construction or are valuable examples of the use of indigenous materials or craftsmanship.
4. Are representative of the notable work of a builder, designer or architect.

If you believe your home or property may qualify as an Historic Landmark, please contact the Planning Department for more information.

What is the Mills Act?
The Mills Act is a State Law that allows cities and property owners to enter into a contract for the purpose of providing continued preservation of an historic property in exchange for a property tax reduction. Mills Act contracts have a minimum term of ten years, and may be renewed each year thereafter. In Glendora, Mills Act contracts are available for residential or commercial property designated as an Historic Landmark.

Sample Mills Act Contract

Mills Act contract applications may be submitted concurrently with an application for Historic Landmark designation.

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