Historic Preservation

Preservation of Campbell’s historic and culturally significant resources promotes community identity, enhances the quality of life and preserves a quality small town feeling. Historic buildings are important reminders of the past and contribute significantly to Campbell’s sense of place and cultural heritage. The City has a goal to preserve the City’s historic resources and retain the architectural integrity of established building patterns within historic residential neighborhoods. The City's Historical Context Statement Report 

summarizes important aspects of Campbell’s economic, social, cultural, and political history and provides a contextual framework for the evaluation of the city’s historical resources. 

The City maintains a Historic Resource Inventory of the City’s historic buildings, structures and districts. The City also maintains a list of Heritage Trees in the City that are governed by Section 21.32.130 of the City's Tree Protection Regulations.

Any proposed changes to a historic resource should be reviewed by the Planning Department and may require review by the Historic Preservation Board, the Planning Commission, or the City Council.  

The Historic Preservation Board is a five-member advisory body that is appointed by the City Council to recommend measures to implement historic preservation; administer the applicable provisions of Chapter 21.32, (Historic Preservation Regulations); perform other advisory functions as  delegated; and review new policies affecting historical resources in the community.  To review the most recent meeting agenda, please visit our  Historic Preservation Board webpage.

The City has adopted Historic Design Guidelines to ensure that improvements and additions to historic buildings respect the historic qualities of older buildings and allow them to remain prominent elements in the community. Sensitive improvements and additions complement the scale, massing, and architectural character of historic buildings and conform to historically established building forms and setbacks of the neighborhood.

The City of Campbell also refers homeowners to the 
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the treatment of historic properties, including alterations and new additions. The Standards are a series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials. 

Standards offer four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties:   

  • Preservation places a high premium on the retention, conservation, maintenance and repair of a historic resource’s materials, features, finishes, spaces, and spatial relationships that, together, give a property its historic character.
  • Rehabilitation emphasizes the retention and repair of historic materials, but allows replacement when materials are deteriorated.
  • Restoration focuses on the retention of materials from the most significant time in a property's history, while permitting the removal of materials from other periods.
  • Reconstruction establishes limited opportunities to re-create a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure, or object in all new materials.

Additional resources include: Guidelines which offer general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the Standards to a specific propertyPreservation Briefs which help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work; Preservation Technical Notes which provide practical information on traditional practices and innovative techniques for successfully maintaining and preserving cultural resources; and ITS Bulletins which assist building owners in applying the Standards to case-specific rehabilitation projects. For example, the preservation brief "Architectural Character" may help an owner or architect identify features or elements that give a building its visual and historic character. 

Other helpful links include:
California Office of Historic Preservation
California Preservation Foundation 
National Trust