Historic Sites and Historic Districts are recommended for designation by the Historic Site Preservation Board and designated by the City Council. Historic sites and districts are protected by the Palm Springs Municipal Code Chapter 8.05 “Historic Preservation.” This ordinance was established for the purpose of preserving areas and specific buildings of the City which reflect elements of Palm Springs’ cultural, social, economic, political, architectural, and archaeological history. Historic Designation is intended to stabilize and improve buildings, structures or areas which are considered to be of historical, architectural, archaeological or ecological value, to foster civic beauty, to strengthen the local economy, and to promote the use of specific buildings for the education and welfare of the citizens of Palm Springs. (refer to Municipal Code Section 8.05)
Below is a list of historic sites and districts designated by the Palm Springs City Council. Each property has distinctive features that define its historic or cultural value. Class 1 is the most prestigious historic designation. Class 2 designation is used to recognize a site where a historic building or feature once stood but is no longer present, or to recognize that a historic event occurred at that particular site. Historic Districts contain “contributing structures” which are regulated the same as a Class 1 site and “non-contributing structures”.