The Esplanade.

We worry about the future of this grand boulevard as the City seeks to come up with a plan to mitigate some of the concerns with it

618 West 5th street

This house was slated for demolition.  The owner offered it free to anyone who would move it from the property.  The offer was accepted but the new owners have faced a mountain of challenges in getting it moved.  As of the end of June, it looks like this may really happen, we just do not know when.

Bidwell Amphitheater.  Built as a WPA project at the end of the Depression in the 1930's this Chico Landmark has been home to many graduations and theatrical performances.  It suffers from neglect and vandalism.  It is located on the banks of Big Chico Creek on the CSU-Chico campus.

Downtown Chico Post office.

This building dates from the early part of the 1900's. Similar in style and age to the Old Municipal Building, it suffers from lack of maintaintance.  As the postal service looks for cost savings we worry about its future.  The work done on the post office during the summer of 2016 with the painting of the trim is a step in the right direction.  We also note that efforts in keep the steps clean are being made.


225 Main Street

Garden Walk Mall

Suite D

Chico, CA 95928




Office hours

Tues. Wed. Thur.

Noon to 3 PM




PO Box 3517
Chico CA 95927


530-345-7522


Julia Morgan House also know as the Warren Reception Center

This house, designed by one of California's best know female architects, is owned by CSU-Chico.  Though it was originally built as the home for a Chico Physician, it was acquired by the University to use as a home for the University President.  It served that purpose for many years but in recent years has been used as an event center.  During the summer of 2016 it is getting what the University describes as a "refresh." Though it appears that care is being taken as this occurs we have placed it our our watch list

If you would like to suggest resources to add to this watch list send us an email from the contact page. Information about any of these resources or any other that appear the be threatened would be welcomed.


Check back here from time to time for updates on watch list properties.

​​Chico Heritage Association

Humboldt Wagon Ruts and Rock Walls.


These are really two separate historical treasurers but share some locations, particularly those just East of Bruce Road.  The Humboldt Wagon Road was a project conceived by John Bidwell in hopes of transporting the produce of the Sacramento Valley to the mining and ranching areas east of the Sierra's.  Though his dream was largely unmet freight and passengers were transported over the route and a few of the ruts remain.


There are Rock Walls, sometimes referred to as Stone Fences, in many locations around Butte County and in many other areas of the world.  A group of concerned citizens of Chico and the surrounding area is trying to raise interest in preserving the walls which remain.  An effort to find more of their history is also underway.

Watch List

​CHA tries to protect Resources of historic interest. 

This list reflects our current concerns.