Historic Preservation Program

Known as the “Original Model Colony,” Ontario is rich in local history. The City operates a comprehensive historic preservation program. It is a certified local government, a designation that signifies the City’s program meets state and federal historic preservation standards. The City has six historic districts and is surveying nine additional areas for the potential of historic district designation. It encourages historic preservation efforts through Mills Act contracts, surveys of potentially historic structures, and an adaptive reuse program (for the Emporia District and Downtown). The City also implements an award-winning web-based historical resource management system that catalogs local historical resources and eventually offers interface capacities for the public to search the database.