Culver City | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Culver City

Culver City established its historic preservation ordinance in 1991. That same year, the city adopted its historic resource survey, which led to the simultaneous designation of over 100 historic structures and three historic districts.

Not all of the designated sites are protected, however, as Culver City created a three-tiered approach to its landmark designations. The lowest-designation category, called "recognized structures," is honorary and provides no preservation design review. Buildings in the middle category, "significant structures," can be demolished following a six-month delay.

The city has a longstanding goal to update its historic preservation ordinance to more closely align with standard models of landmark designation, while also looking at a historic resource survey update that will identify postwar and recent-past structures.

The scoring details for this community appear below. To see scores for all communities, compare specific communities and categories, and learn more about the Report Card, visit our Report Card microsite.

Category (points available)
Total Score (out of a possible 245, plus Extra Credit): 
Historic Preservation Ordinance (150) / Honorary Ordinance (10): 
Includes three classifications for designating structures/districts
Dedicated Historic Preservation Commission (5): 
Dedicated Preservation Staff (15): 
Ability to Designate Historic Districts (15): 
Active Landmark Designation (at least annually) (5): 
Survey of Historic Resources: Citywide (15) / Partial (10): 
Survey Updated Within Past 5 Years (5): 
Mills Act Incentive Program (10): 
Additional Incentives (5): 
Certified Local Government (5): 
Historic Preservation Element or Plan (5): 
Extra Credit (1-25): 

If you'd like to get involved in preservation in Culver City, we suggest the following resources:

City Representative

Christine Byers
Cultural Affairs, Public Art & Historic Preservation Coordinator
(310) 253-5700

Local Group

Culver City Historical Society

Visit their website to learn more about their work and find direct contact information.

If any of this information is out of date, or to suggest additional ways to get involved, please contact us at or (213) 623-2489.

The first resource listed below is specific to Culver City. For general resources related to local preservation and our Preservation Report Card, please visit our Report Card microsite.

Historic Resources Survey

Guide to CEQA (Conservancy website)

If any of these links are broken or incorrect, or if you would like to suggest other resources for preservation in Culver City, please let us know by emailing