In 1995 Redondo Beach's Historic Context Statement was completed. The purpose of the Historic Context Statement is to develop a sound understanding of the major themes of Redondo Beach history, with special attention to the development of the built environment.
Serving as a frame work into which the City's cultural and architectural resources may be placed and interpreted for the future benefit of the community-at-large, this Context Statement also serves as the foundation for:
The update and completion of the 1986 Redondo Beach Historic Resources Survey;
The re-evaluation of building ranking, including the large percentage of buildings currently holding a "C" ranking. Those holding "A" or "B" rankings may also be re-evaluated for possible landmark or National Register listing;
The identification of historic landscapes;
The establishment of goals and priorities for the incorporation of the City's historic resources into a city-wide plan;
The expansion of the City's volunteer landmark program by providing an incentive which enhances the attractiveness of this program to potential participants;
The future publication of materials highlighting the unique aspects of the community's heritage;
The creation of training material for City staff and Commission Members.
Included in the Statement are Sections discussing Redondo Beach's:
Transformation from Pastoral Economy to Commercial Economy 1834-1888
Early Development of Redondo Beach 1888-1923
Cultural Consolidation and the Search for New Economic Vitality 1923-1939
World War II Expansion 1940-1950
Copies of the Redondo Beach Historical Context Statement are available through our Planning Department.