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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com
To access a pdf of this summary please click on the following link:
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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:
The 2019 North Park Historical Society Car Show was held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm in the parking lot in front of the Balboa Tennis Club at Morley Field. This was the final Car Show put on by the North Park Historical Society.
The 2018 North Park Historical Society Car Show was 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. Click on the link below to see the San Diego Uptown News to view an article on the winners.
Below is a slide show of the cars at the 2018 NPHS Car Show. Photos courtesy of Michael Carreon.
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.
Winners in the 2017 Car Show were
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.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on setting up a tour.