Guide to the Old San Diego Architectural Control Board Records

Finding Aid Authors: Amanda Lanthorne.
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Guide to the Old San Diego Architectural Control Board Records 1943/1974

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Old San Diego Architectural Control Board Records
Dates: 1943-1974
Bulk Dates: 1968-1971
Identification: MS-0179
Creator: Old San Diego Architectural Control Board
Physical Description: 1.87 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Historical Note:

The City of San Diego established the Old San Diego Architectural Control Board in 1966 in order to preserve the historical character and appearance of Old Town State Historic Park, particularly from the Mexican pueblo period and the American period, dating from 1821 and 1871.  The Board consisted of seven members appointed for two-year terms by the mayor with confirmation by the San Diego City Council.  It remained active until 1974.
Old Town San Diego was the first permanent European settlement in California, established in 1769.  By the 1820s, after Mexican independence, San Diego became a thriving pueblo or city. Then, after the Mexican-American War and the incorporation of the State of California in 1850, San Diego became an American settlement.  The area's historical significance and diverse architectural styles led the State of California to designate Old Town a State Historic Park in 1968.  Today, the park includes the Presidio, the Whaley House, La Casa de Estudillo, Mason Street School, the San Diego Union Printing Office, the main plaza, and more.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

California. Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Genre/Form of Material:

Corporate Records

Geographic Name:

Old Town (San Diego, Calif.)

Topical Term:

Tourism--California--San Diego

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Old San Diego Architectural Control Board Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
San Diego Chamber of Commerce Records, 1826-1980
San Diego 200th Anniversary Collection, 1968-1969
San Diego Memorabilia Collection, 1868-1976
San Diegans, Inc., Records of, 1954-1978
San Diego Vertical File, 1820-2006
Williams (Leon) Papers, 1961-2006

Arrangement of Materials:

I. Administrative Files, 1943-1974
II. Photographs, circa 1965-1974

Scope and Contents

The Old San Diego Architectural Board Records (1943-1974) document the planning, preservation, and development of Old Town State Historic Park.  Highlights include the review drafts for the overall design of Old Town, including landscaping, lighting, street furniture, and signs. The collection consists of by-laws, correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, maps, resolutions, reports, plans, ordinances, and newspaper clippings, and primarily dates from 1968 to 1971.  The collection is divided into alphabetically-filed series: Administrative Files and Photographs.
The Administrative Files (1943-1974) document the Board's operation and administration, and the planning and growth of Old Town.  Of particular interest are the architectural drawings and maps, as well as the Board's meeting minutes, which include such topics as sign placement and historic designations for certain buildings.  The series includes correspondence, maps, meeting minutes, reports, plans, by-laws, architectural drawings, review drafts, and resolutions.
The Photographs (circa 1965-1974) document the architectural style and planning of Old Town.  The series consists of photographs of buildings, streets, architectural details, and signs.  These photographs date from approximately 1965 to 1974, although few of them are actually dated.

Detailed List of Contents


Administrative Files 1943-1974

Box 1, Folder 1

Amendment to Old San Diego Planned District - County Heritage Park 1974

Box 1, Folder 2

Architectural and Site Development Standards and Criteria - Working Draft 1972

Box 1, Folder 3

Architectural Standards and Public Street Facilities Review Drafts 1971-1972

Box 1, Folder 4

Architectural Standards and Public Street Facilities Review Drafts (Drafts) 1972

Box 1, Folder 5

By-laws and Articles of Incorporation: Old Town San Diego Historic Park Corporation 1971

Box 1, Folder 6

By-laws: Old San Diego Community Planning Committee 1967, 1969

Box 1, Folder 7

By-laws: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Advisory Committee 1970

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence, Ordinances, Resolutions 1963-1968

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, Ordinances, Resolutions 1969-1973

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence: Pueblo Viejo 1965-1967

Box 1, Folder 11

Economic Potential of the Old Town Community January 30, 1967

Box 1, Folder 12

Guide to the Development of the Old San Diego State Park for the Bi-Centennial Celebration in 1969 1967

Box 1, Folder 13


Box 2, Folder 1

Meeting Minutes 1967

Box 2, Folder 2

Meeting Minutes 1968

Box 2, Folder 3

Meeting Minutes 1969

Box 2, Folder 4

Meeting Minutes 1970-1971

Box 2, Folder 5

Meeting Minutes: Old San Diego Community Planning Committee 1968-1969, 1974

Box 2, Folder 6

Newspaper Clippings 1964-1973

Box 2, Folder 7

Official Opening Dedication Ceremony: A.L. Seeley Stables and Roscoe E. Hazard Museum June 15, 1974

Box 2, Folder 8

Old House Speaks Brochure 1943

Box 2, Folder 9

Old San Diego Community Plan 1967-1971

Box 2, Folder 10

Old San Diego Planned District Code March 30, 1974

Box 2, Folder 11

Old San Diego Planned District Review Board 1972-1974

Box 2, Folder 12

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Citizens Advistory Committee 1970-1971

Box 2, Folder 13

Old San Diego Tour

Box 3, Folder 1

Proposed Picture-book Treatment for Delineation of Criteria for Old San Diego Architectural Control District 1967

Box 3, Folder 2

Rules of Conduct September 27, 1966

Box 3, Folder 3

San Diego "Old Town" Study February 1966

Box 3, Folder 4

Signs: Planning and Guidelines 1973

Box 3, Folder 5

Statements Regarding the Core in San Diego

Box 3, Folder 6

Street Lighting: Issues and Examples 1968-1974

Box 3, Folder 7

Tentative Objectives 1967

Box 6, Folder 1

Oversize Architectural Drawings and Maps

Box 6, Folder 2

Oversize Architectural Drawings and Maps


Photographs circa 1965-1974

Box 3, Folder 8

Negatives and Contact Sheets

Box 3, Folder 9

Non-California Research Photographs

Box 3, Folder 10

Old Town and the Surrounding Area circa 1965

Box 3, Folder 11

San Diego County