California Historical Landmark

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The California State Capitol, one of the state's most visited Historical Landmarks

A California Historical Landmark (CHL) is a building, structure, site, or place in California that has been determined to have statewide historical landmark significance.[1][2][3]


Historical significance is determined by meeting at least one of the criteria listed below:[4]

  1. The first, last, only, or most significant of its type in the state or within a large geographic region (Northern, Central, or Southern California);
  2. Associated with an individual or group having a profound influence on the history of California; or
  3. A prototype of, or an outstanding example of, a period, style, architectural movement or construction; or is one of the more notable works, or the best surviving work in a region, of a pioneer architect, designer, or master builder.[4][5]

Other designations[edit]

California Historical Landmarks of number 770 and above are automatically listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

By contrast, a site, building, feature, or event that is of local (city or county) significance may be designated as a California Point of Historical Interest.[4]


See also[edit]

Federal historical landmarks[edit]

Local historical landmarks[edit]


  1. ^, private listings of California Historical Landmark
  2. ^ Historical Landmark Database, private listings of Historical Landmark
  3. ^ Historical California Landmark Database, private listings of California Historical Landmark
  4. ^ a b c "California Historical Landmarks". State of California, Office of Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  5. ^ State of California, Office of Historic Preservation, California Historical Landmarks Registration
  • Johnson, Marael (1995). Why Stop? A Guide to California Roadside Historical Markers. Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing Company. p. 213. ISBN 9780884159230. OCLC 32168093.

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