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Historic commercial District

The Petaluma Historic Commercial District encompasses much of Downtown Petaluma and includes 96 contributing buildings on approximately 23 acres of land. The district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, and design guidelines were adopted in 1999 through Ordinance No. 2097 N.C.S.

The district represents the development of commerce in the City from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of World War II. It also provides a diverse and well-designed collection of commercial buildings, the architecture of which is unmatched in Sonoma County. The district today still retains a high degree of architectural integrity, and building improvements have maintained an association to the historic period.

The design guidelines serve many purposes including primarily assisting property owners in making decisions concerning the alteration of a building located within the district. The guidelines also include standards for signs which supersede those found in the Implementing Zoning Ordinance.



Commercial Historic District Design Guidelines (Complete)

Commercial Historic District Design Guidelines (Signs)

Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

City Council Ordinance No. 2097 N.C.S

National Register of Historic Places – Petaluma Historic Commercial District



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