Torrance | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photos (lr-): Torrance High School by Los Angeles on Wikimedia Commons; El Prado Bridge by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

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): 
In 2013, the city rehabilitated the 1913 Pacific Electric Railway – El Prado Bridge (designed by master architect Irving Gill) and celebrated the bridge’s centennial with the Torrance Historical Society and Old Torrance Neighborhood Association.

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

City Representative

Carolyn Chun
Senior Planning Associate
(310) 618-5869

Express your interest and ask about opportunities, particularly in helping to create a preservation ordinance if the city doesn't have one.

Local Groups

Save Historic Old Torrance

The Torrance Historical Society

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If any of this information is out of date, or to suggest additional ways to get involved, please contact us at or (213) 623-2489.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

Historic Context Statement (large PDF)

Architectural Design Guidelines

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 Torrance, please let us know by emailing