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Development Services

Historic Preservation

The City of San Juan Capistrano is committed to preserving its unique cultural heritage. In 1996, the City adopted the motto “Preserving the Past, to Enhance the Future.” In 2003, the City created a Historic Preservation Manager position to oversee its historic preservation programs. The City maintains a list of designated landmarks as well as a list of potential landmarks; owns a number of historic properties; has a Cultural Heritage Commission; and sponsors or participates in a variety of historic and cultural events and activities including architectural and historic walking tour docent training and an annual Historic Preservation Week celebration.

Click here for helpful links to additional information about San Juan Capistrano's historic preservation program and its resources.

Here are some current projects that may interest you:


Click here for information about meetings on some potential long-term enhancements to historic Los Rios Street.



Montanez Adobe


MONTANEZ ADOBE NOW OPEN! - This amazing Adobe can now be seen most days of the week thanks to our wonderful group of volunteer docents. It is also featured when you take the tour led by our Historical Walking Tour Guides or by appointment (call 949-493-8444).  If you are interested in future opportunities to be a docent or other City volunteer, just go to this link and complete a City Volunteer Application form and submit it to the Human Resources Department.

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