Landmarks and Landmark Districts are unique and irreplaceable assets to the city and its neighborhoods and provide examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived. The intent of Landmark designation is to protect, preserve, enhance and encourage continued utilization, rehabilitation and, where necessary, adaptive use of significant cultural resources.

To be recommended by the Historic Preservation Commission for landmark designation, buildings, districts, places, structures, or objects must demonstrate value as an example of city, state or national heritage such as: a site of a significant historic event, identification with a significant person, exemplary architecture, work of master architect or designer, representation of a significant theme, and a unique or distinctive visual feature. Included on the current Work Program are properties that address underrepresented Landmark property types including landscapes, buildings of Modern design, buildings located in geographically underrepresented areas, and properties with strong cultural or ethnic associations.

The landmark designation process includes a series of public hearings at the Historic Preservation Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors – public comment opportunities are available at all hearings. Final approval of a Landmark or Landmark District requires a majority vote at the Board of Supervisors.

Formal initiation of properties on the Work Program will be considered at future public hearings after the additional research and public outreach has been completed.


On June 15, 2011, the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) adopted its Landmark Designation Work Program. Since then, the Landmark Designation Work Program has grown to include 56 individual properties and six historic districts that are currently under consideration for landmark designation. As staff to the Historic Preservation Commission, the Planning Department is conducting additional research, documentation, and public outreach related to these proposed designations.

Program Outreach

The Department notified owners of all properties under consideration for inclusion on the Work Program of the June 15, 2011 HPC hearing. In addition, the Department notified residential tenants of buildings located within the proposed Duboce Park Landmark Historic District and commercial tenants of all mixed-use and commercial properties. The Department also conducted door-to-door outreach to the commercial tenants of the eight buildings that comprise the proposed discontiguous Market Street Masonry Landmark District. Mailings and door-to-door-outreach included the following materials:

  • Notice of Public Hearing
  • Landmark Designation FAQ
  • Existing Landmark Districts brochure
  • Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR)-523B form for each individual commercial building (when applicable)

Additional notifications were mailed to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, city agencies, neighborhood groups and individuals on the neighborhood 311 notification lists, and the preservation community notification list.

Planning Department staff is currently tasked with conducting the required additional research, documentation, and public outreach related to the proposed Landmark designations.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of the Interior.