Welcome to Preservation Online! Preservation Online is where old buildings meet modern technology to bring you historic property information conveniently. Preservation Online is a portal to an interactive map application that allows you to access parcel-based historic resource data through the City of Orange Internet site.
Preservation Online is an extension of the City’s commitment to provide excellent customer service to the Orange community. The purpose of Preservation Online is to provide the public with easy access to hands-on information, answering questions about historic property characteristics.
The Planning Division of the Community Development Department, in collaboration with the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS), is committed to providing the public with the most up-to-date historic resources information in an easy and efficient manner.
The information made available on Preservation Online reflects the content of the City's 2010 Historic Resources Inventory.
Preservation Online is also available and featured at the Main Orange Public Library Local History Room terminals
What information is available through Preservation Online?
With Preservation Online, you may access parcel based information through web-based maps pertaining to historic structures, view historic district boundaries, view city historic building survey forms, historic tree locations, properties under Mills Act contracts, search for information by addresses, and view 1938, 1947, and 1955 historic aerial photos.
Aerial Photographs for 1938, 1947, and 1955 (provided courtesy of the Orange County Archives) are also available to show an aerial history of a specific parcel and how it has changed over time.
The Historic Trees layer identifies the location of city-designated historic trees and information such as the scientific name of the historic tree, its dimensions, and the closest address.
Preservation Online also provides several static maps in "pdf" format:
As technology and our databases grow, we will be able to provide more information to the public through our static and web-based maps. So keep in mind that there is more to come; keep checking our website for updates!
How do you use Preservation Online?
Now that you’ve gone through a general overview of what Preservation Online is and can do, click below on the Preservation Online icon and see for yourself what the City of Orange Community Development Department/Planning Division and Public Works Department/GIS section has brought to you through Preservation Online!
To search for a property, enter the address without punctuation and abbreviate the street suffix. For example, 300 East Chapman Avenue should be entered as: "300 E Chapman Ave" in either upper or lower case. In the case of "Street", use the abbreviation "St" without a period.
The 2010 Historic Resources Inventory property form can be accessed by clicking on the "pdf" that appears in blue text to the right of "PROPERTY REPORT 1". Information about Mills Act contracts and historic trees can be accessed by clicking on the related icons.
If you have any additional questions or if you notice any mistakes in the information provided through Preservation Online, please contact us so we can update our database. Contact Anna Pehoushek, Principal Planner, at (714) 744-7220.