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Sacramento Historic District Plans Project Team
Owner / Client
Sean deCourcy – City of Sacramento
Carson Anderson – City of Sacramento
Ruth Todd – Page & Turnbull
Sacramento Historic District Plans
The Sacramento Historic District Plans is the winner of a 2020 Preservation Design Award for Cultural Resource Studies. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. The Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at an online awards ceremony. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.
About this project
Amid a thorough participatory public process, Historic District Plans were prepared for 27 of the 30 historic districts listed on the Sacramento Register of Historic & Cultural Resources. The 430-page document summarizes the historical and architectural significance of each district and provides design standards to help manage change in the districts in a way that preserves Sacramento’s history and character.
Based on extensive historic research and a comprehensive survey of each district, individual historic contexts, significance evaluations, periods of significance updates, lists of character-defining features, and an inventory of contributing and non-contributing resources were prepared. Using this information, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and public input, design standards common to all of Sacramento’s historic districts were developed. Additionally, customized design standards for each individual district, were developed to ensure that the unique characteristics of each neighborhood will be preserved and enhanced.
The Historic District Plans were unanimously approved by City Council in December 2019 with support from a broad cross-section of the community.