Historic Preservation is the practice of preserving and ensuring the continued use of the places and buildings that represent our city’s history. We help property owners and residents understand and plan for projects involving historic buildings. Contact us with your questions about historic districts, design standards, and the Mills Act Program.
- Historic Preservation Viewer
- Historic Aerial Viewer
- Historic Context Statements
- Mills Act Program
- Old Towne
- Preservation Online
- Historic Preservation Resources
The Historic Aerial Viewer provides a series of aerial photographs of sections of Orange and shows how the city changed over time.
Qualified Historic Properties
The following properties are eligible for Mills Act Contracts:
Mills Act Application for New Contracts
|Mills Act Program Deadlines|
|Applications Accepted Starting||Final Day to Apply|
|First Round Applications||January 4, 2021||March 4, 2021|
|Second Round Applications||March 8, 2021||August 5, 2021|
Potential Property Tax Reduction
Forms for Existing Mills Act Contracts
Old Towne consists of three overlapping historic districts:
For a map of the historic district boundaries, see the Historic Preservation Viewer.
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.
Click here to access the historic preservation viewer.
The Planning Division of the Community Development Department, in collaboration with the Public Works Geographic Information Systems (GIS) section, 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.
Please note: Preservation Online is also available and featured at the Main Orange Public Library Local History Room terminals.
At the November 13, 2018 meeting, the City Council approved historic district designations for the three Orange Eichler tracts (Fairhaven, Fairhills, and Fairmeadow) and adopted the Orange Eichler Design Standards. The Council recognized the neighborhoods' significance for Mid-Century Modern architecture and community design and residents' enthusiasm for their homes. Thank you to the Eichler residents for your support for this effort!
The Eichler Historic Districts go into effect on January 11, 2019. After January 11, any projects the exterior of an Eichler home will be reviewed using the Orange Eichler Design Standards (OEDS). Please consult the OEDS early on if you are planning changes to the exterior of your home in the new year.
The Local History Collection collects, preserves, and makes available to the public materials related to the historical development of Orange and Orange County. Search the Library’s digital history collection or visit the Local History Center in person at the Orange Public Library.
OTPA is a non-profit organization working to preserve the historic integrity and economic viability of Old Towne through education, community involvement, and service projects which support the concerns of Orange residents to maintain this neighborhood for future generations.
OCHS is a non-profit organization established to commemorate the rich heritage of our community, serving as the focal point for those interested in the history of Orange and its surrounding area.
Preserve OC is a non-profit organization dedicated to working through education and advocacy to promote conservation of our county’s architectural and cultural heritage.