LGBTQ+ Historic Context

The City of Riverside is currently working with Historic Resources Group and the University of California, Riverside (UCR) on the development of a citywide historic context statement to document lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) history in Riverside. The historic context statement will be organized around contextual themes and identify significant people, places, and spaces associated with those themes. Spanning from the 19th century to the early 21st century, the document will provide a foundation for identifying, interpreting, and landmarking properties.

City staff, along with the consultant team and UCR, will be engaging with the community throughout the project, both to keep the community apprised of the project status and to solicit feedback and input. To that end, we hope to hear from all of you to help us tell Riverside’s story. At any time during the project, tell us about the people, places, and stories that matter most to you using the submission form below.

Final Context    Story Map



  • To place built resources in the appropriate context
  • To highlight trends and patterns
  • To provide a framework for historic properties
  • Organized around specific geography, time period, and theme
  • Present historical information in narrative format
  • Identify common property types
  • Define eligibility criteria for listing on historic registers
  • Recommend preservation priorities and next steps
  • To identify potential landmarks, historic districts and cultural resources
  • To facilitate designation of properties
  • Required for individual landmark nominations and historic resource evaluations
  • Can be prepared with historic resource surveys
No, the study list will not formally historically designated properties and will only be used to identify properties for future research.