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***See below for 2015 City-wide Survey and Historic Context Update documents***

Historic Preservation Awards

Preservation awards recognize organizations and individuals for outstanding contributions and commitment to excellence in local historic preservation. The awards are sponsored by the Historical Resources Management Commission (HRMC) to encourage organizations and individuals to restore and revitalize Davis' historic homes, buildings, structures, and neighborhoods and to support sensitive adaptive reuse. The awards also serve to promote awareness of the city's historical heritage.

Davis Downtown and Traditional Residential Neighborhood Design Guidelines

2andG-53 The City has completed the process of creating design guidelines for the area bounded by the original 1917 Davis city limits. This area includes the city's commercial core and its three adjacent neighborhoods: Old North Davis, University Avenue/Rice Lane, and Old East Davis.  The guidelines are included in the City of Davis Municipal Code as Article 40.13A.0 - Downtown and Traditional Neighborhood Overlay District.

Davis Historic Bike Tour

Learn about the history of Davis from the seat of your bicycle! A self-guided tour brochure is now available from the Parks & Community Services Department, the Hattie Weber Museum, and the Chamber of Commerce. Call us if you have questions or would like to participate in historic preservation activities.

Hattie Weber Museum

The original Davis Library has been dedicated as the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, in honor of Davis' first paid librarian. The Davis Library Club organizes displays depicting Davis' past and progress. Open Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phone the museum during operating hours at 758-5637 for information on volunteer opportunities and donations. The museum is located at the corner of 5th & C Streets in Central Park. In addition, like many City facilities, the Hattie Weber Museum is available to be rented for community use.

Historic Preservation

huntboyer In 1995, Davis became a Certified Local Government (CLG). This means that the city is one of approximately thirty California jurisdictions that have joined with the California State Office of Historic Preservation to preserve their unique historic character. The CLG program provides technical assistance and small grants to its local partners.

Historic Resources Management Commission Support

Davis' Historic Resources Management Commission oversees the City's historic preservation activities. With the help of CLG funding, the Cultural Resources Inventory of Davis' older properties and sites has just been updated. To receive a list of the inventoried properties or to review a copy of the inventory, contact injoku@cityofdavis.org Ike Njoku, commission staff.

"Growing Pains: Thirty Years in the History of Davis"

The city is pleased to make available an unedited "public comment" draft of a book on Davis' recent history by local writer and journalist Mike Fitch. Mike and the city are inviting you, the public, to help review this book. Readers are encouraged to comment by several different methods. We hope you'll find the text informative and interesting.

Municipal Code Article 40.23 - Historical Resources Management

The City of Davis Municipal Code Article 40.23 - Historical Resource Management, a portion of the City's zoning ordinance, is the section of the Municipal Code that governs the historic preservation process in Davis.

Documents

City-wide Survey and Historic Context Update (2015)

Intro and Context Statement
Attachment A: DPR 523 Forms (current project) (19 MB)
Attachment A: (continued) DPR 523 Forms (current project) (17 MB)
Attachment B: DPR 523 Forms (updated / older forms) (29 MB)
Attachment B: (continued): DPR 523 Forms (updated / older forms) (28 MB) 
Attachment C: Historic Context Statement, 2003
Attachment D: Historic Context Statement, 1996
Attachment E: Historic Context Statement, 1980