Often simply referred to as Downtown Anaheim, the Anaheim Colony Historic District was established in 1997 and is the first and largest historic district in the city. The district’s boundaries are the same as they were when it was founded as a German colony in 1857—it’s defined as the area between North, South, East, and West streets.
The district boasts more than 1,000 qualified historic structures within its 1.8 square miles and each entrance to the neighborhood is punctuated by a unique Anaheim Colony Monument. One of the district’s most well-known attractions happens to be a cactus. The Wohlgemuth House Cactus is a massive 50-year-old, four-ton cactus that was initially planted near the 1916 Wohlgemuth House. However, the cactus needed to be removed due to restoration projects on the house, so it was transported to Pearson Park where it lives today.
Center Street Promenade; Source: visitcalifornia.com
The district’s Center Street Promenade features a wide range of shops, restaurants, and attractions in an idyllic location that’s easily walkable. Surrounded by luxury lofts for sale and for rent, the promenade offers everything from local, handmade jewelry to an old-timey barbershop with craft beer on tap. And if you’re looking to add some nostalgia to your life, you can walk to Decades Bar & Grill, which is decked out in movie posters, album covers, and other memorabilia from the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Anaheim Packing House; Source: youtube.com
And once you've gotten your shopping fix, you can head to the Packing House in the Anaheim Packing District, a 42,000-square-foot gourmet food hall located in a restored 1919 citrus packing house, one of the last original packing houses left in Orange County, CA. The two-level Packing House features over 35 culinary artisans the run the gamut of cuisines, from tasty Indian food by Adya to gourmet grilled cheese from Black Sheep GCB. With its food, entertainment, and community gathering spaces, the old packing house has once again become a central hub for commerce in Downtown Anaheim.
Anaheim Packing House - Inside Atrium; Source: afar.com
Muzeo; Source: summiteventscatering.com
Some prominent buildings in the district include the old Carnegie Library, built in 1908, which is now Muzeo, a museum focused on local art, history, and culture. The historic district is also home to a public ice rank, which serves as the practice arena for the Anaheim Ducks, and the oldest museum and wood-framed building in Orange County, the Mother Colony House.
Pioneer House of the Mother Colony; Source: findinghistory.net
Woelke-Stoffel House; Source: victorianhousesinocca.wordpress.com
Anaheim Colony Historic District Homes
The colony features a wide range of architectural styles, including Craftsman-, Spanish Revival-, and Art Deco-style homes. It also hosts a number of Queen Anne-style homes, including the historic Woelke-Stoffel House on West St., which was constructed in 1894 and still stands remarkably preserved today.
If you’re interested in calling this historic neighborhood home, check out all the current properties for sale in Anaheim Colony Historic District.