Historic Resources Surveys

Historic Resources Surveys and Context Statements - ARG

Historic resources surveys and context statements are key informational and planning tools that enable municipalities and the public to make informed land-use decisions regarding identified historic resources. ARG’s context statements clearly and concisely integrate the varied historic themes, patterns, and trends that substantiate the significance of a specific event, property, site, or community. In conducting the historic resources survey, ARG evaluates the properties in a given location with respect to the historic themes, patterns, and trends identified in the context statement. Working with city/county staff, local commissions, historic preservation advocacy groups, and private citizens, ARG has successfully completed an extensive number of historic resources surveys and context statements.

City of Burbank, Historic Sign Survey, Burbank, CA
The City of Burbank engaged ARG to conduct a historic resources survey of historic signs in the City’s commercially zoned areas. Through this effort, ARG identified which types of commercial signs were present, evaluated how they related to Burbank’s Citywide Historic Context Report and developed a framework for determining characteristics that would make a sign eligible under Burbank’s historic resource criteria.


Chinatown, Historic Resource Survey and Context Statement, Fresno, CA
ARG conducted a historic resource survey and prepared a context statement for Fresno’s Chinatown neighborhood, which dates to the 1880s. This effort included both reconnaissance and intensive level surveys, completion of State of California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) forms, development of historic contexts, and the identification of a potential historic district.


Foothill College Campus, Historic Resources Survey and Context Statement, Los Altos, CA
ARG completed a historic resources survey and context statement for the Foothill College campus. This included conducting a campus-wide reconnaissance survey and an intensive survey for all buildings dating to the original 1962 campus.


Garden Apartments of Los Angeles County, Historic Context Statement, Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Conservancy contracted with ARG to develop a Historic Context Statement that defined the garden apartment property type, identified historic contexts and themes under which garden apartments are significant, and delineated eligibility standards and integrity thresholds for eligibility under federal, state, and local designation programs.


Modern Architecture Database, Los Angeles County, CA
As part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in L.A.” initiative, the Los Angeles Conservancy created a micro-site on their website called “Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A.” This interactive mapping tool enables users to explore a curated list of more than 300 modern buildings and landscapes in Los Angeles. ARG was tasked with creating content for the site, including photographs and written narratives.


Monterey Old Town National Historic Landmark District, Historic Context Statement and Survey, Monterey, CA
ARG completed a historic context statement for Downtown Monterey (including the Old Town NHLD) and conducted a historic resources survey of all parcels in the area. Together, the context statement and survey provided the City with a framework for evaluating potential historic properties within the larger downtown area.


SurveyLA, Los Angeles Citywide Historic Resources Survey,
Los Angeles, CA
ARG has been involved in nearly every phase of the ground-breaking SurveyLA project, Los Angeles’ first comprehensive citywide survey of historic resources. Using state-of-the-art technology, ARG has surveyed approximately 500,000 parcels in neighborhoods across the city, from South Los Angeles to Westchester to Chatsworth.


Statewide Unreinforced Masonry Building Inventory,
Department of Commerce, WA

ARG worked with the Department of Commerce and the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to initiate an inventory of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in Washington State. The resulting statewide inventory synthesized key URM data based on existing data sources and included a database-integrated map that illustrates the saturation of of unreinforced masonry buildings throughout the State of Washington. The database and map will be used to inform future descisions related to public policy and prioritized funding mechanisms for seismic retrofitting. As part of this effort, ARG completed a pilot survey of downtown Port Townsend to demonstrate how more detailed URM data could be collected.

Photography by Architectural Resources Group