Monrovia | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photos (l-r): Upton Sinclair House courtesy Monrovia Public Library; Boxx Jewelers Clock by Amanda Wray on Flickr

Monrovia contains a wealth of historic resources, ranging from the late nineteenth century through the postwar era.

The city established its historic preservation ordinance in 1995 and has since designated numerous landmarks, including the iconic Aztec Hotel on historic Route 66, as well as one historic district—the Wildrose Tract.

Monrovia offers the popular Mills Act property tax abatement program. Other incentives for owners of historic properties include reduced permit fees, parking requirement waivers, setback flexibility for one story additions, and a bed and breakfast provision for greater flexibility with historic properties operating as such.

Monrovia’s historic preservation commission also reviews demolition requests for all pre-1940 structures and can place a 180-day hold on issuance of demolition permits to aid in finding preservation alternatives.

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): 
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 Monrovia, we suggest the following resources:

City Representative

Sheri Bermejo
Planning Division Manager
(626) 932-5539 

Local Group

Monrovia Historic Preservation Group

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If any of this information is out of date, or to suggest additional ways to get involved, please contact us at or (213) 623-2489.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 two resources listed below are specific to Monrovia. For general resources related to local preservation and our Preservation Report Card, please visit our Report Card microsite.

Designated Local Landmarks

Mills Act Application Process

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 Monrovia, please let us know by emailing