The Lawndale Historic Plaque Program promotes an awareness and appreciation of homes and other buildings that contribute to Lawndale's heritage and character and reflects the community's pride in its past. Property owners who are awarded a plaque are not limited from making changes to the property that reflect and enhance the property's style and character. Anyone who feels his or her property is a good example of the era in which it was built is encouraged to take part. Nominations are open to all; however, owner approval is required at the time of application.
This program is administered free of charge to the property owner by the Lawndale Historical Society and the City of Lawndale.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete the three-page Historic Plaque Application form and attach supporting documentation. Applications may be submitted throughout the year to:
Lawndale Historical Society
14717 Burin Avenue
Lawndale, CA 90260
A panel of historical society members will select the plaque recipients in May of each year. To be considered for the May selection, submit your application no later than April 1st. Applications not selected during the year in which they are submitted may remain on file for future consideration.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Award of a Historic Preservation Plaque recognizes and honors the careful preservation of older homes and other buildings. Eligibility for a plaque is based on the following criteria:
- Age of Building – 50 years or older
- Architectural Condition - Building's exterior has been preserved, maintained or rehabilitated (or sensitively enlarged) in accordance with its original architectural style and detailing. Building must be in a good condition.
- Historical and/or Architectural Significance - Preference will be given to buildings that were either owned by a prominent person or family or are historically significant to the community, as well as those that are good examples of one or more architectural styles.
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS:
The Lawndale Historical Society and the Lawndale City Council will present the plaques at a City Council meeting held in the City Hall council chamber. A limited number of plaques will be awarded each year, based on qualified and approved applications.