California Preservation Conference

Registration is now open for the 2019 California Preservation Conference in beautiful Palm Springs, held from May 8-11th. Get your tickets today!

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California Preservation Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Preservation Design Awards and Presidents Awards. Nominations close May 31, 2019.

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Join a network of over 15,000 members and supporters who work to preserve and protect our shared heritage.

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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.

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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. 

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This week, we’re once again meeting with legislators to move preservation forward! On Tuesday, CPF's Executive Director, Cindy Heitzman was in Sacramento, talking to staff from Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins office about #SB451, a historic tax credits bill sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation and introduced last month by Senator Atkins. The meeting included our partners, Tony Gonzalez, (London Gonzalez Advocacy) and Mark Christian, Government Affairs Director, AIA California. While in Sacramento, we also met with State Treasure Fiona Ma's staff to lay the ground work for our first hearing in the #CaliforniaSenate on April 3rd.

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This week CPF’s Executive Director, Cindy Heitzman, and V.P. of Development, Chris Wasney (CAW Architects, Inc.), were in Washington, D.C. advocating for preservation priorities, including funding the Historic Preservation Fund and supporting the Historic Tax Credit. They are pictured here meeting with Congressman Mike Thompson, along with John Lesak from Page & Turnbull, and Shaw Sprague from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. During the visit, we presented Representative Thompson with his 2017 Legislator of the Year Award, which he was unable to receive in person due to the devastating fires in his district. Throughout the week our delegation met Congressional Representatives and staffers representing more than 10 districts throughout California, as part of Preservation Action's Advocacy Week.

The California Preservation Foundation works to move preservation forward year round, from small towns to our nation’s capital. Read more, and support our work, by visiting
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Tours are selling out fast - there are only 8 tickets left for the "3 Neutras in the Desert" tour! Make sure to reserve your spot at the 2019 California Preservation Conference in Palm Springs today, to lock in early-bird pricing and book your tours and workshops before they sell out. ... See MoreSee Less

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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