Old Towne

The City of Orange Old Towne Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, and includes more than 1,300 homes and other buildings.

It is approximately one square mile in size, making it the largest National Register District in California. The District provides a feeling for life in Orange from 1888 to 1940, showcasing over 50 different architectural styles. The complete stock of buildings which are a part of the Old Towne community include churches, schools, the old Santa Fe Depot, Post Office, packing houses, industrial buildings, clubhouses, and parks which still remain in active today.

Historic Preservation Design Standards for Old Towne


Changes to the exterior of properties within the Old Towne Historic District must be in conformance with the Historic Preservation Design Standards for Old Towne, adopted by City Council in December 2017. If you are considering making changes to your property, please consult the Design Standards early on in the process and contact the Historic Preservation Planner to discuss your project. We are pleased to give advice on your plans and will help you through the process to ensure a positive project for your property and the Historic District as a whole.

Historic Preservation Design Standards for Old Towne