French Park is located a few blocks to the northeast of the Downtown Santa Ana and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with over 130 historic homes constructed between the 1890s and the 1930s.. In the late 1890's prominent Santa Ana citizens began to build large Neo-Classical and Colonial Revival homes in the southern half of the neighborhood, giving rise to the nickname, "The Nob Hill of Orange County." In the 1910s several large well-designed Craftsman Bungalows were built in the northern portion while smaller Colonial Revival and Bungalows occupy the easternmost streets, such as Lacy, Minter, and Garfield.
In the 1920s and early 30s, as a reflection of the growth of Santa Ana, nine fourplex apartment houses, all in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, were built. The dramatic balconies, stairways, arched windows, and other character-defining features brought a new mix of housing types and architecture to French Park.
In addition to the unique homes, French Park is the only neighborhood in Santa Ana that breaks from the traditional street grid pattern of the city as it platted in 1878 to be parallel to the railroad tracks that existed along what is now Santiago Street.