Historic Preservation Commission
“This is God’s Country.
Here at last I have found a resting place and here
I expect to lay my bones.”
Colonel Thomas Baker – 1862
The Historic Preservation Commission is the group of citizens appointed by the City Council with special expertise and interest in historic preservation.
Its mission is to provide for the identification, protection, enhancement and perpetuation of buildings, sites, places and areas within Bakersfield that reflect special elements of the City's architectural, artistic, cultural, engineering, aesthetic, historical, political, social and other heritage.
Historic can be a district, site, building, structure or object that is significant in American history, architecture, engineering, archeology, or culture at the national, state, or local level. Preservation is the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of an historic property.
Historic preservation aims at linking a community's past to its present. Historic preservation does not mean the simple restoration of old buildings, but establishes a sense of permanence and continuity by defining the community's unique cultural inheritance.
By protecting and enhancing a city's heritage, historic preservation ensures that future generations will see and experience the legacy left behind by past generations. They will see around them the hand of many builders, artisans, and architects, and feel the connection to people and events of the past.
Bakersfield is fortunate to have several preservation groups, including the City Council- appointed Historic Preservation Commission, the Kern County Museum, Kern County Historical Society, and Oleander Sunset Park group, all of whom can offer advice or direction. Rehabilitation of historic buildings can be exciting and fun. Local people involved in this process can be the best resource for up-to-date information – from how to remove paint from wood beamed ceilings to who is an appropriate contact person for local financing programs.
Choose from the list below to learn more about locations on Bakersfield's Register of Historic Places and other information.
Bakersfield Register of Historic Places
Frank Munzer House
Hugh Curran Home
Kern County Chamber of Commerce
Standard Oil Building
Application for Area of Historic Places, Cultural Resource, or Historic District Designation
Historic Preservation Commission Business
For meetings dates see our calendars page.
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
Tours, Documents, and Reports
Downtown “Stepping into the Past” walking tour
Old Town Kern walking tour
“Rehabilitate Bakersfield Right – A Guide to Construction within Older Neighborhoods”
For more information: (661) 326-3765.
Bakersfield Locations of Historic Interest
Amy Holdroyd House
Bakersfield Fire Department
First Presbyterian Church
Kern_Co Hall of Records
Kern County Land Company
Old Bank of America
Porterfield Hotel Smartt Apartments
Post Office Federal Building
Vincents Padre Garage