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Historical Preservation Committee

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The Historical Preservation Committee works with the City Council to preserve the history of Costa Mesa and with the Costa Mesa Historical Society to educate the general public about the rich history of the community.

Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Costa Mesa City Hall. Meetings are open to the public and individuals interested in the committee are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the committee, call (714) 754-5300.

Or, if you are interested in participating in this Committee by becoming a member, fill out the "Committee/Commission Board Member Interest Form" available from the City Clerk's Officer or downloadable here. Members are appointed in April.

MISSION STATEMENT The Historical Preservation Committee will work to preserve and promote the historical heritage of the City of Costa Mesa


Current Project Goals and Initiatives:

  1. Historical Markers: Complete the second half of phase II (6 markers) and proceed to phase III (10 markers); possibly including former City Hall locations as an add-on.
  2. Notable Residents: Nominate and research at least four (4) new notables. 
  3. Then & Now Historical Buildings: Add "then and now" photos to the City's website and use innovative technology to overlay the photos if possible.
  4. Mills Act: Identify, evaluate and verify twenty historical buildings for possible qualification for the Mills Act.
  5. Explore the viability of using the City's archaeological resources to gain exposure to Costa Mesa artifacts on loan, and look into possible display options and locations.

Future Project Goals and Initiatives:

  1. Become increasingly involved with community events (The Scarecrow Festival, or another Historical Society event); offering both, personnel and financial assistance.
  2. Update "The Story of Costa Mesa" from its 2006 version, utilizing the past decade. The publication print amount will be determined at a later date.
  3. Work with the Cultural Arts Committee to implement a piece of historical, public art in 2016. such as the utility box project and/or a mural.

2015 Accomplishments

        1. Identify and publish multiple phases of Costa Mesa notable residents.

        2. Establish qualifying criteria for Costa Mesa Residential homes reorganization (i.e. a plaque or home
        3. Research and publish additional phased of the “Then and Now Buildings” project.

        4. Find relevant newspaper clippings within the past 60 years and post them on the City’s Website.

        5. Identify an alternative way to distribute Historical Site Marker pamphlets.

        6. Complete 6-8 Historical Site Markers phase II project and begin researching phase III (the American  
              Legion Hall and Newport Township Justice Court has been identified as part of phase II)

        7. Continue to partner with the Costa Mesa Historical Society and the OC Fairgrounds to bring attention to  
               important events that highlight historical significance.

        8. Assist in the Scarecrow Festival event if requested.