Do It Yourself


Assisting the discriminating vintage home owner with matters relating to Historic-Cultural Monument Application, Mills Act Application, creating your own Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, chain of title research, historic building permits, and all other historic preservation efforts.

Charles J. Fisher, Historian

Charlie discusses historic Southern California Ranchos on KCET

Historic-Cultural Monument status will preserve your historic home and may provide you with substantial tax relief by means of the Mills Act. Charlie Fisher has participated in over a hundred successful Historic-Cultural Monument nominations, and has provided substantial work in establishing the Highland Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, the largest HPOZ in the City of Los Angeles. He is the author of Highland Park and Garvanza (Images of America: California).

For more information about Charlie, read his curriculum vitae. Charlie has written and/or researched and advocated numerous successful nominations. Find his full list here.

Does your older house qualify as an Historic-Cultural Monument? It may! Charlie has discovered many a diamond in the rough. You may be surprised to discover that you own a truly historic property.

Is a precious landmark near you threatened with demolition or development? You or your community organization may be able to protect it, even if you don't own the property. History belongs to all of the citizens of Los Angeles, and anyone can nominate a property as an Historic-Cultural Monument. Even if the property does not receive Historic-Cultural Landmark status, it will be protected for a few precious months while preservation strategies can be prepared.

Want to try to do it yourself? Charlie believes in preservation. He's not in it for the money. Here is a quick description of how to do it yourself.  

But it's risky. If you don't do it right the first time, your second try is much, much harder. Charlie has been able to make successful second tries when an owner has been declined the first time, but it's always tricky. Why chance it? You might be surprised at how much bang you'll get for your buck with this Historian 4 Hire. Call 323-256-3593 for a free telephone consultation, or e-mail

Click on the pictures below to see some of Charlie's recent successful nominations. Click here to see the complete Monument Gallery.

Clifford E. Clinton Residence Haven of Rest Charles C. Chapman Building
Blackburn Residence Rossetti Residence Cline Residence and Museum
Statton Residence Monsignor O'Brien Residence San Marino Villas
Raphael Junction Block Building Garden of Oz Arwyn Manor


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