City of Fresno: Chinatown
Historic Resource Survey and Context Statement

  • Northern California

By the 1880s Fresno’s Chinatown was home to a flourishing Chinese community. Physically, the neighborhood was densely developed with small, long, narrow structures with common walls. Rumors circulated about an extensive network of underground tunnels connecting opium and gambling dens. Today the area is the focus of city development efforts. To inform upcoming plans for the neighborhood, ARG developed historic context statements and a historic resource survey, which included a reconnaissance level survey, intensive level survey, completion of State of California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) forms, identification of a potential historic district, and mapping of contributing resources. This project was carried out in accordance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and National Register Bulletin 24: Guidelines for Local Surveys: A Basis for Preservation Planning.