Historic Context Statement

Project Summary

The City of San Gabriel is embarking upon the preparation of its first citywide Historic Context Statement. A team of historians from Architectural Resources Group (ARG) will be completing this project over the next year in close collaboration with City staff, the Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Commission, the San Gabriel City Council, and members of the community. The Historic Context Statement will establish a framework for the evaluation of significant architectural, historical, and cultural resources in the City, and can be used as the basis for historic resources surveys in the future.

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Project Timeline

The project is expected to take approximately one year to complete, with a final draft of the Historic Context Statement completed by September 2021. Due to social distancing protocols associated with COVID-19, all public hearings and workshops will be conducted remotely until further notice. Please continue to check back for more information about meeting dates, times, and format.

September 2020: Project begins

October 21, 2020: Public meeting: Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Commission (HPCRC). You can view the meeting on City's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/cityofsangabriel 

Fall 2020: Consultant team will conduct historical research and review public input

November 19, 2020: Virtual community workshop at 6:30 p.m. The PowerPoint Presentation shared at the workshop: Historic Context Statement Community Workshop

Winter 2020: Consultant team will complete a reconnaissance survey of the City

February 10, 2021: Public meeting: Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Commission (HPCRC). You can view the meeting on City's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/cityofsangabriel

Click here for February 10, 2021 HPCRC Agenda and Historic Context Statement draft outline

Spring 2021: Consultant team will prepare the Draft Historic Context Statement

• June 2, 2021:  Draft Historic Context Statement is available for public comment.

Click here for the Draft

June 23, 2021: Public meeting: Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Commission (HPCRC). You can view the meeting on City's YouTube channel  http://www.youtube.com/cityofsangabriel

Click here for June 23, 2021 HPCRC Agenda and Draft Historic Context Statement

• Summer 2021: Consultant team will refine the Historic Context Statement based on comments received.

August 13, 2021: Revised Draft Historic Context Statement is available.

 Click here for the Revised Draft

August 25, 2021: Public meeting: Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Commission (HPCRC). You can view the meeting on City's YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/cityofsangabriel

 Click here for August 25, 2021 HPCRC Agenda

October 5, 2021: Public meeting: City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. This will be a remote meeting. You can view the meeting on City's YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/cityofsangabriel

 Click here for October 5, 2021 City Council Agenda

Seven Major Contexts

Seven contexts have been identified for the evaluation of historic resources in San Gabriel. The first six contexts are organized chronologically, and capture major patterns and trends in the city's development history. The seventh context identifies and defines the dominant architectural styles that are reflected in every phase of San Gabriel's development.

• Context: San Gabriel, Pre-1775

• Context: Spanish Colonial and Mexican-Era Settlement, 1775-1848

• Context: San Gabriel's Early Development, 1849-1912

• Context: San Gabriel Becomes a City, 1913-1930

• Context: San Gabriel in the Depression and Wartime Years, 1931-1945

• Context: Post-World War II Development in San Gabriel, 1946-1980

• Context: Architecture and Design, 1775-1980

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please see FAQ here.

How to Participate

Do you have information about the history of San Gabriel that you’d like to share? There are several ways you can participate:

(1) Attend one of the four public meetings of the HPCRC

(2) Attend the public workshop

(3) You can also contact the City directly to share information: Planning Division - commdevinfo@sgch.org

Public Information Submittal Form

Please use the following links to submit public information: 

Public Comments Sheet English (PDF)

Public Comments Sheet Spanish (PDF)

Public Comments Sheet Chinese (PDF)

1. *Name of Building, Place, or Topic

2. *Address or Location (if applicable – please be as specific as possible)

3. *Tell Us More

4. Contact Information (optional)

     a. Your name

     b. Your e-mail address

     c. Your phone number

Thank you! Your input and participation are instrumental to the success of this project.