Historical Preservation Commission


Woodland has a rich historic heritage and many significant historic buildings, districts, events and artifacts that reflect its past. These are symbols of Woodland's unique heritage and identity. Downtown Woodland in particular includes many historically significant buildings and is recognized as a National Register Historic District. To this day, the Downtown Woodland Historic District retains much of its historic appearance and function and is considered the heart and jewel of Woodland. The district has major examples of several architectural styles, including Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Spanish Colonial Revival, Streamline, and several versions of the Second Renaissance Revival. The historic integrity of the district is high due to the concentration of resources, the proportion, size and importance of the contributing historic buildings, and the relative inconspicuousness of non-contributing buildings.

Downtown Buildings

The Woodland Opera House and Yolo County Courthouse are included on the National Register of Historic Places. Other Downtown buildings on the National Register include the I.O.O.F. building, Porter building, Woodland Public Library, R.H. beamer House, Jackson Apartments, and Hotel Woodland. Outside Downtown, the Gibson Mansion Historical museum is also a City historic building and listed on the National Register. In addition, Woodland's historic neighborhoods offer a variety of historically and architecturally significant structures.


Awareness and appreciation of Woodland's historic resources will foster a greater enjoyment of the city and greater support for historic preservation efforts. Further, the historic Downtown is the City's center of shopping, dining, entertainment and employment.

Preserve Areas & Structures

To that end, Woodland's Historical Preservation Commission serves to assist the City and recommend to City Council the means to implement the City's Historical Landmarks, Districts and Resources Ordinance, Chapter 15, of the Woodland Municipal Code. Chapter 15 was adopted to preserve areas and specific structures and objects in the city that reflect elements of its cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history and to promote their use for the education and welfare of the residents of the city.

Powers & Duties

Specific powers and duties of the Historical Preservation Commission include

  • Undertaking a comprehensive historic resources inventory and maintaining a historic register
  • Establishing various criteria, guidelines and standards to carry out the intent of the historic preservation ordinance
  • Recommending to City Council the designation of historical landmarks and historical districts; Participating in administrating regulations pertaining to historical landmarks and historical districts
  • Recommending to City Council ways to fund and otherwise make financially feasible the protection of historical landmarks and historical districts in the city
  • Recommending to the City Council the means to implement historic preservation policies outlined in the City's General Plan
Historic Building in Downtown Woodland
Historical House
Brick House