36th Annual California Preservation Awards

From meticulous craftsmanship to the bold re-imagination of historic structures, this year’s winners highlight the absolute best in preservation.

Read more about the 2019 Winners

Invest in Preservation Advocacy





The California Preservation Foundation advocates for preservation priorities throughout the year, from passing the State Historic Tax Credit (SB 451) to addressing the impacts of climate change and the housing crisis. Support our work by making a matched donation to the Advocacy Fund today!

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California Preservation Conference

The 2020 Conference will be held in Sacramento from May 17-20th. Save the date now and check back soon for ticket and sponsorship information.

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Learn from Preservation Professionals



In workshops and webinars

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Become a member

Join a network of over 20,000 members and supporters who work to preserve and protect our architectural and cultural heritage.

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Find a Professional


Find preservation professionals from across California.

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What’s going on at CPF?

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We hold over 100 events a year across the state and gather the leading experts in historic preservation from across the country at our workshops, webinars, awards, and annual conference.

Upcoming Events

Twice Monthly
on Friday
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Rooftop History & Lore Walking Tour of San Francisco

Vaillancourt Fountain, San Francisco California

Mar 06, 2020
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mar 19, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mar 20, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The California Historical Building Code and Incentivizing Reuse
Billie Jean King Main Library, Long Beach CA

What we do

The California Preservation Foundation provides statewide leadership, advocacy and education to ensure the protection of California’s diverse cultural heritage and historic places.



From the loss of our historic post offices, to documenting the storied sites of Route 66, to state rehabilitation tax credits, to mapping LGBTQ heritage, we are the leading statewide advocacy organization fighting to protect our diverse heritage at the state legislature and Washington.

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We have educated preservation professionals and local advocates for over 40 years, training more than 1,000 people each year. Our annual conference is the West Coast’s largest and most respected, drawing upwards of 500 people to discuss innovative preservation.

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We recognize and share the state’s irreplaceable historic places. Hundreds of breakthrough preservation projects have received a prestigious Preservation Design Award. We celebrate uniquely Californian places by offering members-only tours of sites typically not seen by the general public.

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Over 2,000 people benefit from our educational events every year.

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Over our 40-year history, thousands of dedicated volunteers have helped us protect historic places in the state.

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In the last five years, we have partnered hundreds of local nonprofit, government, and professional organizations. We recognize that collaboration ensures a stronger preservation coalition.

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Since 1983, we have bestowed more than 500 prestigous Preservation Design Awards for exemplary work in historic preservation.

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Why we do it

To ensure that the rich diversity of California’s historic resources are identified, protected and celebrated for their history and for their valuable role in California’s economy, environment and quality of life.

Every day, the quintessential places that make California what it is are under threat. We understand that our state’s story is told through its iconic places and multicultural roots, and without stewardship, they could quickly be lost. 

Our Community

What people are saying


"I appreciate their long history of advocacy, and really like the renewed thought and effort put into the education programs and the conference. Up to date, inclusive and not just diverse resources and people. This is the future of preservation."

Suzanne Guerra



“Exceptionally informative and very well done.”  “I learned a lot today and encourages me to keep learning more.”

Cultural Landscapes – Managing Adaptive Reuse of Historic Landscapes workshop



"They are doing such important work in preserving California's historic buildings and educate others with their workshops. I love architecture, so it's great to see they make sure we see the value of keeping a part of our history alive. The staff is so knowledgeable, sweet and kind - I can highly recommend getting in touch with them for any questions or support you need."

Jessica Franz, Los Angeles Region

"Fabulous, useful, thought-provoking, mind-blowing. Do it again!"

THATCamp Historic Places Event at Presidio, San Francisco, April 2016

"Those of us practicing in the field of preservation are often under appreciated and underpaid. We spend the year battling demolitions, destructive rehabilitations, unfriendly developers, usually in unsympathetic communities with very little legal or financial support. At the California Preservation Foundation Conference, we come together, share war stories, visions, accomplishments, and, most importantly, hugs."

Jerri Holan, AIA, Architect, Berkeley