Bird's Eye View of Old Sacramento SHP


About this Project

The purpose of Old Sacramento State Historic Park is to collect, preserve, study, restore, reconstruct, exhibit, and interpret, for the education, recreation, and entertainment of the broadest possible audience, the story of the City of Sacramento.  Old Sacramento SHP was established in 1965 in concert with the redevelopment of adjacent private buildings in Old Sacramento and the designation of the Old Sacramento Historic District as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

This proposed hotel project aligns with State Parks goals to better serve the growing park’s visitor population and improve the educational, cultural, and historical vitality of Old Sacramento, outlined in the Old Sacramento State Historic Park General Plan.  The proposal also matches well with the City of Sacramento’s Destination Sacramento Program and Waterfront Idea Makers program, which are intended to promote visitation to Old Sacramento and attract more local residents to the area.  

Over the past 9 months, State Parks has worked with local historic preservation, architecture, planning, and design firm, Page & Turnbull, Inc. to develop a series of conceptual studies and design guidelines for the proposed hotel which provide the envisioned program while providing compatibility and protection of the historic district. The public can explore these conceptual studies made available on this website.


Hotel Concept Study

Old Sacramento State Historic Park map

Old Sacramento General Plan

Hotel Study Old Sacramento Renderings (Image Slides Below)

Workshop #1


Workshop #1 Meeting Summary Booklet

Representatives from California State Parks and Page & Turnbull will give short presentations on the project’s background, goals, and initial design concepts and engage attendees in activities and discussions in order to gather ideas that will inform the design criteria of the new hotel project.

Workshop #1 Videos

Workshop #1 Introduction

Workshop #1 Discussions

Workshop #2


Workshop #2 Videos

Workshop #2 Presentation 1

Workshop #2 Presentation 2

Workshop #2 Presentation 3

Workshop #2 Presentation 4

Workshop #2 Presentation 5


When is the hotel planned to be completed?

California State Parks aims to solicit proposals for the hotel development in 2024.

What are Design Guidelines?

The Design Guidelines provide design principles and rationale to guide the project in a manner that meets the expectations of California State Parks, is consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and aligns with the goals envisioned for the historic district.

What is an Illustrative Concept Study?

An Illustrative Concept Study has been produced to provide clear descriptions and graphic diagrams to inform the design of a proposed new hotel in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. The study is shared on this website and includes a project overview, design guidelines, and three concept studies for visualization and review. The Illustrative Concept Study is not a final design package but rather a preliminary study.

Will any buildings or structures be demolished to build the new hotel? 

No buildings or structures will be damaged or demolished by the proposed project.

What buildings or sites will be directly affected by construction of the new hotel? 

No buildings should be directly impacted by construction and the project aims for the development to avoid possible indirect impacts to architectural resources. During the process of design development and construction, the assessment of potential impacts to historic resources (above or below grade) will be analyzed by appropriate parties.

Why does Old Sacramento need a new hotel? 

The 2014 Old Sacramento SHP General Plan identified the development of a hotel on the 49 Scene as a highly compatible use for the site.  Bringing a vibrant hotel that compliments the historic character of the state historic park provides an opportunity to enhance the park visitor experience.