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:

NPHS ADVISORY SERVICE final rev email 2021

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.  NPHS also conducts tours of the Morley Field Recreation Area of Balboa Park. Some tours have a minimal fee. 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.

The North Park Dryden Historic District encompasses the area along 28th Street and Pershing Avenue from Upas Street to Landis Street. The district has 136 homes; 104 are considered contributing.

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.