Sat Apr 1, 2:00 PM - Sat Apr 1, 4:30 PM

Old Orange County Courthouse

211 West Santa Ana Boulevard, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Community: Santa Ana


See architectural evidence of the first decades of the 20th century in this walking tour of the historic urban core of Santa Ana, CA.

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The residents of Santa Ana have worked to protect Downtown Santa Ana or "DTSA" and its historic architecture so that today the public can appreciate the tangible history it represents. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and several buildings are landmarks. Join our experienced tour guides on this walking tour of DTSA. See a variety of commercial and institutional buildings designed in the finest styles from the 1900s to the 1930s such as Art Deco, Classical Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Richardsonian Romanesque, and find out about the active historic preservation issues in the district.

Your guide will be Tim Rush or Phil Bacerra, both board members of the historic preservation organization, Preserve Orange County. Tim is an historian, preservation advocate, and real estate executive. A long-time resident of Santa Ana, Tim is the current Chair of the Historic Resources Commission of the City of Santa Ana. Phil Bacerra is a land use consultant and has been active in Santa Ana city affairs for several years, now serving as a City Council Member for Ward 4. Following graduation from the University of Southern California, Phil worked in historic preservation planning for the City of Los Angeles.

Member Discount A benefit of being a member of Preserve Orange County is that tickets for this tour are offered at a 25% discount. If you're unsure if your membership is up-to-date, please contact us at If you'd like to join and take advantage of the discount, please click here.

Tour Details There are 3 tours of Downtown Santa Ana scheduled on October 1, 2022; December 3, 2022; and April 1, 2023. Please find the separate listing of tours scheduled for Santa Ana's historic residential district, French Park.

All Downtown Santa Ana tours begin at the corner of W. Civic Center Drive and N. Sycamore (on the sidewalk beside the landmark Old Orange County Courthouse) at 2 pm and are 2 1/2 hours duration. Directions and parking information are provided following ticket purchase.

The route covers about 16 blocks. It's flat with some uneven pavement. There are no stairs. The tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Children 13 years of age and under are free if accompanied by an adult ticketholder.

Tickets can be purchased here until the start of the tour. Walk-ins are not permitted.

Support dogs are allowed but please leave other pets at home.

The DTSA tours were sold out in 2021-2022, so please book early! We have a capacity limit of 25 people. We look forward to seeing you.

To find out more about Preserve Orange County, please go to

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