How Upland Heritage got started-1989

The Roots of Historic Preservation in Upland…  How Upland Heritage got started-1989

The past 29 years Upland Heritage has been one of the most viable organizations holding fast to preserving Upland’s historic structures. When the group started in 1989 much of the southeast quadrant was zoned for apartments and historic homes were being torn down as apartments took their place. Preservation efforts were not recognized in Upland yet. Headed by Dave Stevens, a fireman who lived on Second Avenue the group of preservationists met on East Ninth Street and decided the only way to preserve the special historic homes in Upland was form a coalition of like minded individuals to preserve the historic structures in Upland and called itself Upland Historical Preservation Society. Dave Stevens (President in 1989-90), Larry Timm, and I (Carol Timm) were on the original board of directors in its birth. I served as president and CEO from 1990-2014.

First Historic Home Tour-1990
This home tour was the first featuring five homes including the Nisbit home (former governor of California), Mehl Home (house of Larry and Carol Timm), the Eymann house and two others.

Birth of a Historic Survey-1990
The next step was ascertain what buildings were truly historic or just plain old. What determines that is the architectural style, historic district or significant person or persons that might have lived in that home. A survey of historic homes was requested and the Leslie Humann survey of homes was done and assisted by members of Upland Heritage and members of the community. By 1990 the survey was completed and homes that were rated at a certain level were eligible for historic status. Rankings could be from the highest with National register, state register and local registration. Ironically, local registration with specific ordinances really give a property the protection that is needed to help preserve the structure. This survey just provided the knowledge that the city needed to help preserve these structures. But, without historic ordinances, historic districts, and demolition ordinances this survey would prove to be just facts we use to help when forming historic homes and districts.

1991-U.H.PS. uses proceeds from their first tour to paint one of Upland’s lovely Victorian Homes. Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners.

Second Historic Home Tour-1992
This tour featured the first house the preservation group had assisted in preservation by painting this cute Victorian House five colors on the west side of 8th Street. This house was featured on the tour.

1992- The first matching grants were awarded to Home owners
1992-UH Displays at the LA County Fair
The group made a reproduction of a mule drawn trolley for this display portraying a piece of Upland’s past.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners

1993-Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners.
1993-UH Displays at the LA County Fair win First Place!
UH presented a display of a look back in time to the Citrus Industry in Upland.

1993-Vintage Day in the Park
Upland Heritage sponsored a day at the park with costumed attendees, a picnic lunch, and vintage cars.
1993- Victorian Fair – UH offered food, fun and fashion of the Victorian era at the Eymann house.

1994- Demolition and Historic Ordinances written and approved by city. After much work, the city approved an historic ordinance and demolition ordinance. These would prove the beginnings of preservation of historic buildings in Upland. A home would only be declared historic is the owner came forward and placed the home on the register.
1994 – Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
Upland Heritage Victorian Ball. UH first Victorian Ball fund raiser was a huge success. Over 300 attendees in authentic attire attended this 1890’s re-creation of a ballroom with a sit down dinner and authentic dancing. Hosted of course by members dressed as characters from that era.

1994 Home Tour  – This tour featured five homes and a never before seen Victorian on Arrow Highway. The home captain, Virginia Shannon presented this lovely house. She hand washed the original curtains and presented a house not changed since its early beginnings…
1994- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
1994 – The Mills Act was brought to Upland. After attending a State Historic workshop in Santa Barbara, I brought to the city council the advantages of the Mills Act in Upland. The City Council approved this important historic tool to assist historic owners in working on their historic home while getting a tax break. Home owners must show they have spent a certain amount of money restoring their home and taxes are reduced at a certain percentage according to the San Bernardino County assessor’s office. This encourages people to restore their historic buildings and save on their taxes. People may apply for the Mills Act through the City of Upland. Those applications are considered once a year by the City Council.

1994 “D Day Dance and all day event at the Planes of Fame
Over 3,000 attended this event that featured World War II artifacts, fashion shows and amazing airplane displays and fly-bys culminating with authentic dancing with some original members of the Tommy Dorsey Band. It was an amazing event.
1994-UH Wins Historical Display at Orange County Fair
1995- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
1995-UH Moves their home base to the Stone House at 329 East Ninth Street
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
1996- Upland Heritage second Victorian Ball-Magnolia’s by Moonlight
This fund raiser was set in 1860’s and featured a life size antebellum mansion and characters like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee among other dignitaries. Fun period dancing and a full dinner was offered at this fund raiser.
Euclid Avenue Home Tour-1996
Seven amazing homes on Euclid were featured on this tour. Over 3,000 people toured the avenue that historic day. Many of the homes had not been opened for years and the crowds were large.
1996-UH offers their first workshop to help owners put their homes on the Local Register
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
1996- $10,000.00 in Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
Four homes on First Avenue Demolished-1997
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
1997- County Fair Display wins First Place and Grand Prize Winner!
UH built a life-size reproduction of the Madonna of the Trail that is a landmark in Upland.
Fifty homes are registered in Upland’s Register-1998
Because of the long process to register one home at a time, only a hand full of the 900 homes eligible went forward to register their homes. The best way to protect the homes would be historic districts.
1997- Preservation Grants were given to home owners
Home tour-1998
1998- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
Historic Clock Donated by Upland Heritage to the City of Upland -1998
Carol Timm, President dedicated the historic clock was placed on the corner of second and ninth street and a plaque placed below it. This was dedicated by the mayor and city council.
1998- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
1999- 40’s Dance Fund Raiser Celebrated
Members were dressed and danced in their vintage 1940’s attire led by Rick Gerber’s ,”Route 66 Swing Band.” Exhibitions by dance troops were seen performing.
1999-Carnegie Library Restoration
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
UH gave the Lady Liberty light and all the lighting in the upstairs room.
1999-Historic Sub-Committee formed to address historical issues with the Historic Commission (Planning Commission)
Members are Carol Timm, Planning Commissioner, George Morris, Planning Commissioner, Dave Stevens, Former City Councilman.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2000-“Upland Historical Preservation Society” changes name to “Upland Heritage”
Home Tour-2000 “Promenade Through Old Magnolia”
With a horse drawn trolley and docents portraying the famous people in the Magnolia District. This was a real favorite.
2000- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2001-Titanic Event
This fund raiser at the Grove Theater featured a reproduction of the inside of the Titanic in the lobby and Entertainment was offered by “Gaelic Storm” , the band featured in the movie, Titanic. Proceeds went to the Old Telegraph Office on Third Avenue for restoration of the porch.
2001- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2001-2003 Upland Heritage Presents Workshops to promote Historical Districts
Upland Heritage did a series of workshops and offered free dinners to give information on the proposed historical districts in Upland and their effects.
2001- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
Home Tour 2002
Vintage home tour featuring five homes.
2002- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2002- Carol Timm worked with the City of Ontario to complete the registration of Euclid Avenue to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2003-The Formation of Historic Districts
Included in these are the Pleasant View District, Magnolia District, Stowell District, Victorian District, Citrus and Transportation District, Historic Downtown District, Euclid Avenue District, Civic Center East and the Arrow/Laurel District.
2003-Over 590 homes listed on the historic register in Upland.
Homes from the districts were registered and others applications came in from homes not located in a district, but asking for local designation.
2003- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2004-Upland Heritage assists city in Survey of Homes
Twenty more homes were listed on the register-(Virginia Shannon and Carol Timm working with the city.)
2004- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2004- Colonial Revival Gas Station in Historic District designed by Historic Sub-Committee
Members-Carol Timm, Planning Commissioner, George Morris, Planning Commissioner, Dave Stevens, Former City Councilman
2005- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2005-Second Empire Style Gas Station added in Pleasant View District
This was also designed by the Historic Sub-Committee. Members-Carol Timm, Planning Commissioner, George Morris, Planning Commissioner, Dave Stevens, Former City Councilman.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2006-Upland Heritage Centennial Home Tour-two day tour
Seven Historic Homes were featured all over 100 years old in Upland on it’s birthday for two days!
2006- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2007- Historic District Signs Designed by Marlene Stevens, an Upland Heritage member
2007- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2007-Historic Sub-Committee worked on National Register Designation and restoration details for Old San Antonio Hospital and property on Arrow Highway
Members were Carol Timm, Planning Commissioner, George Morris, Planning Commissioner, Dave Stevens, Former City Councilman.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
Home Tour-2008
This home tour featured five Revival Style homes.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2008- Upland Heritage gets “Façade Easement” of the Old San Antonio Hospital
Through this special Façade Easement Upland Heritage owns the facades of the Old San Antonio Hospital and is to receive $500.00 a year. The owners receive a large tax increment reduction. UH will make decisions on issues dealing with the façade of the buildings and grounds.
2008- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2008-Upland Heritage starts work on reviewing Upland’s Historic Ordinance
Upland Heritage formed a group and worked for a year on identifying and evaluating ordinances all over California.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2008- The historic clock donated by Upland Heritage was re-located and re-dedicated.
A new plaque was installed at the corner of Second Avenue and Ninth Street.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2009- Upland Heritage offers the first Restoration Workshop at the Pacific Christian Center.
Upland Heritage offered their first Restoration Workshop featuring how to restore historic windows, doors, stained glass, floors, the Mills Act and other topics on historic preservation.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2009-Upland Heritage Celebrates 20 years!
Upland Heritage took a walk down memory lane and many original members came back for the this special dinner at the Sycamore Inn.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2010-Home Tour- Upland Heritage “Christmas Home Tour on Euclid Avenue”
This is known as the “rainy day” tour. Upland got the most rainfall since the 1800’s! Still a great tour of lovely Euclid Avenue homes, even in torrential rain.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2010- Update of Historic Ordinance requested by Upland Heritage
Upland Heritage submitted a copy of an updated ordinance they had written and offered this proposed ordinance to the City of Upland.
2010- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2011- Upland Heritage offers the second Restoration Workshop at the Mennonite Church on Campus Avenue
Six classes on historic preservation issues were given.
2011- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2011 Upland Heritage starts working on a book on Historic Preservation in Upland
This was written by Carol Timm, Virginia Shannon, Dave Stevens and Mary Van Zant.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2012 Home Tour -Arrow/Laurel District Mothers Day Tour
Our first tour in this district and our first Mother’s Day tour and tea.
2012- Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2013- Book on Preservation in Upland to be published…
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2013-Upland Heritage Restoration Workshop October 5, 2013.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2014 Upland Heritage held it’s first Old Magnolia Days and home tour.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2015 – October, Upland Heritage held their Preservation Workshop.
Preservation Grants were awarded to home owners
2016- Upland Home Tour in May 2016.
Grants for historic homes were given December 2016.
2017 Upland Heritage had Heritage Days in May 2017
Grants for historic homes were given December 2017.
2018- Upland Heritage held its Home Tour in May, 2018