The Historic Landmarks Commission was introduced Wednesday to the new City Historian, Nicole Hernandez. In his remarks, Senior Planner Jaime Limon noted, “We’re looking forward to working with her,” and continued, “Over time, she will be a great addition to the staff.”
Hernandez was warmly welcomed by HLC members in attendance, Judy Orias, William LaVoie, Philip Suding, Don Sharpe and Louise Boucher. She began working for the City of Santa Barbara on Monday, June 18th.
Following the retirement of Jake Jacobus last fall, the city conducted a nationwide search for a City Historian for Santa Barbara, and reportedly received more than 100 applications for the position.
Hernandez relocated to Santa Barbara—which she termed “paradise,”—from the City of New Orleans where she served as a Building Plans Examiner and Architectural Historian. Prior to that, she worked as project coordinator at Nostalgic Stone in Denver, and at Historic Denver, Inc. where she served as the Program Director of the organization’s Sacred Landmarks Preservation Program. She earned at Masters in Fine Arts and Historic Preservation at Savannah College of Art and Design in 1999.
Taking on the responsibility of guarding the City’s historic treasures and enforcing historic guidelines is no easy task; we wish her well in her new job.