NPHS Offers Free Mills Act Advisory Service


NPHS Offers Free Historical Resource/Mills Act Advisory Service:

Many owners of older or architecturally unique residential and commercial properties in North Park wonder if their properties could qualify as a significant historical resource (“landmark”), and if they could then reduce their property taxes under the Mills Act. The North Park Historical Society (NPHS) is offering a free advisory service for Greater North Park property owners who are interested in pursuing City of San Diego historical resource designation for their property with or without a subsequent Mills Act application.

  • For an initial evaluation as to your property’s potential of being designated a significant historical resource by the City of San Diego, e-mail your North Park address along with exterior photos of the property as viewed from the sidewalk to
  • NPHS members with experience in reviewing the historic quality of structures under City of San Diego criteria will evaluate the potential significance of the structure.
  • Upon completing the evaluation, NPHS findings will be sent to you via e-mail. Properties believed to be potentially historically significant will also receive a copy of “Historical Resource/Mills Act Guidelines Compiled by the North Park Historical Society” which is meant to help owners understand the requirements and costs in obtaining historical resource designation and Mills Act status.
  • Should an owner have questions after receiving our findings and “Historical Resource/Mills Act Guidelines Compiled by the North Park Historical Society,” a meeting with NPHS volunteers can be requested by contacting

To access a pdf of this summary please click on the following link:


New North Park History Book

The North Park Historical Society has produced a second book on the history of North Park. Arcadia Publishing published the second book and it is now available from Arcadia Publishing on their website or from local retail outlets including Paras Newsstand in North Park, The Grove in South Park, the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park and from SOHO. The Arcadia website is:


North Park Historical Society Car Show


The 2018 North Park Historical Society Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm in the parking in front of the Balboa Tennis Club at Morley Field. The 2017 North Park Historical Society Car Show was held on Saturday, September 9, 2017. At the bottom of the page is a slide show featuring all the cars in the 2017 Car Show.

The flyer for entering a car in the 2018 Car Show can be seen by clicking on the link below:

Car Show Reg flyer 2018

Winners in the 2017 Car Show were

Winners compilation

The 2018 North Park Historical Society Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm in the parking lot in front of the Balboa Tennis Club at 2221 Morley Field Drive.

  • 1957 Chevrolet Station Wagon


North Park Water Tower Placed on National Register of Historic Places and the City of San Diego’s list of Historic Places

For several years, the North Park Historical Society was interested in securing designation of the North Park Water Tower as an historic place. On May 1, 2013 the State Historical Resources Commission unanimously approved listing the Water Tower and  the surrounding “district” of past and present water supply facilities as a significant California Resource. On June 25, 2013 the Water Tower and the entire University Heights Water Storage and Pumping Station Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click on the following document to see the notification National Register Listing for North Park Water Tower. On April 23, 2015, the City of San Diego’s Historic Resources Board also voted to include the Water Tower and the District on the local list of historically designated places.

Click on the following document to see the application prepared by Alex Bevil for the North Park Historical Society.

Water tower district 13000417 final nomination signed

On a pro-bono basis, V & A Consulting Engineers recently completed a coating evaluation of the North Park Water Tower. Please click on the link below to see the complete evaluation report.

13-0332 North Park Water Tower Coating Evaluation TM

To print the above documents,  it is necessary to make the document full size by clicking on the arrow in the upper right corner just above the document. When it becomes full size, click on the printer icon to format it and then use the internet browser print command.

To see very nice photos of the water tower by Jim Brady check out his website under the Water Tower tab:

NPHS Walking Tours

The North Park Historical Society (NPHS) gives guided walking tours “on demand” of different parts of North Park including the commercial core centered around 30th and University, the Burlingame Historic District, the Hamilton Street area near the North Park Recreation Center, and the North Park Dryden Historic District. Tours except for Burlingame include a souvenir booklet. NPHS also conducts tours of the Morley Field Recreation Area of Balboa Park. Most tours cost $10 a person. There is no set fee for the Morley Field tour but donations are accepted. Note that tours of the residential historic districts are exteriors only. We do not go inside any homes and do not have access to any public restrooms during the tour.


NPHS would be pleased to conduct a tour for your private group or educational group upon request. Contact NPHS at 619-294-8990 or for more information on setting up a tour.