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“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 Preservation
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
China Alley
Colonial Apartments
Curran House
Fox Theater
Frank Munzer House
Guild House
Hayden Building
Hugh Curran Home
Jastro House
Kern County Chamber of Commerce
McGill Building
Spencer House
Standard Oil Building
Women’s Club

Application for Area of Historic Places, Cultural Resource, or Historic District Designation
Application form
Fact sheet

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
Fish Building
Haberfelde Building
Hopkins Building
Kern_Co Hall of Records
Kern County Land Company
Kress Building

Nile Theater

Old Bank of America

Padre Hotel

Porterfield Hotel Smartt Apartments

Post Office Federal Building
Tegeler Hotel
Vincents Padre Garage