Explore Neighborhood Issues & Preservation Resources

Help preserve the historic places in your neighborhood!

While the breadth of changes coming to Los Angeles can seem overwhelming, many policies and tools are in place to help ensure that Los Angeles’ growth is sensitive to its past. We hope you find these resources helpful.


  • Conservation Easements

    Permanent Protection For Historic Places

    The best way to truly preserve a historic place is through a conservation easement, a legal document that permanently prohibits the demolition or insensitive alteration of a property—even by future owners. Easements can also offer potential tax benefits.

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  • Guide to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

    Use CEQA to Protect Your Community

    Learn how to use the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to protect historic places in your community. You can have a say in how your community changes over time.

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  • Historical Research Guide

    Explore our guide to researching historic properties in Los Angeles County.

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  • Guide on How to Save Historic Places

    While there is no single formula or method that will guarantee that a historic building will be saved, there are several useful tools available to help protect buildings and avoid demolition.

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  • Landmark THIS!

    Designating a building or site as a local landmark is one way to recognize and protect a historic resource. It is a proactive tool and often something that owners and members of the public can do before a property is threatened.

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  • Preservation Incentives

    Learn about financial and construction incentives available for preserving qualified historic properties, some specifically for homeowners.

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  • Preservation Organizations

    Statewide and National

    We aggregated a list of statewide and national organizations that work in various aspects of historic preservation in California.

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  • The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation

    The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards are nationally accepted standards for rehabilitating historic buildings, applied to specific rehabilitation projects reasonably, considering economic and technical feasibility.

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  • Mansionization and Teardowns

    The practice of tearing down an older single-family house and replacing it with a much larger one has slowly changed the character of L.A. neighborhoods for years. Many proponents of mansionization claim that building larger homes in older neighborhoods increases density. Yet not everything touted as “density” really is density.

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  • Multi-Family Teardowns

    Older multi-family residences—including bungalow courts, duplexes, and courtyard apartments—are increasingly vulnerable to demolition in the name of creating new housing. Though the city’s housing shortage is serious, these development pressures often result in the loss of existing rent-stabilized units and close-knit communities.

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  • Background Buildings

    Background buildings—modest yet distinctive structures that add to the character of their neighborhoods—are slowly disappearing as commercial corridors change. Block by block, these community anchors are being replaced with mid-rise developments that can seem sterile and disconnected from the existing neighborhood.

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  • High-Rise Development

    Density is the name of the game in recent development. High-rise towers introduce new proportions and design elements, drastically altering the character and experience of intact and historic urban centers. Though these areas are primed to accommodate growth, we need greater clarity and guidance for managing this new development.

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If you have any questions or need technical assistance, contact us at advocacy@laconservancy.org.