Glendale | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photos (clockwise from left): Alex Theatre by VPISteve on Flickr; Brand Library & Art Center by Renee Silverman on Flickr; First United Methodist Church of Glendale by Michael Locke

Glendale has fostered a strong historic preservation program that includes the active designation of local landmarks and historic districts.

The city became a Certified Local Government in 1988, indicating its strong commitment to a professionalized preservation program.

Glendale’s designated historic resources include over 100 local landmarks and several historic districts. Glendale designated its first historic district in 2008, and created four additional districts within only five years, demonstrating the widespread appeal among residents for this important preservation tool that protects community character.

As a preservation incentive, Glendale offers the popular Mills Acts property tax abatement program.

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): 
Dedicated Historic Preservation Commission (5): 
Dedicated Preservation Staff (15): 
Ability to Designate Historic Districts (15): 
Active Landmark Designation (at least annually) (5): 
As of February 2014, the city had designated more than 100 local landmarks.
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 Glendale, we suggest the following resources:

City Representative

Jay Platt
Senior Urban Designer
(818) 548-2140

Local Groups

The Glendale Historical Society

Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley

If any of this information is out of date, or to suggest additional ways to get involved, please contact us at or (213) 623-2489.

Most of the following resources are specific to Glendale. For general resources related to local preservation and our Preservation Report Card, please visit our Report Card microsite.

Landmark Designation Process

Mills Act Application Process

Designated Local Landmarks

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 Glendale, please let us know by emailing