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People Are the Heart of Preservation! 
Stay Tuned for All-New Programming in 2021! 


Watch Our Free Programs Online

Missed one of our recent webinars? You can still catch our TikiTime, What Is Modernism & How Do We Save It?, Preservation Marketing In A Crisis, Buildings & Film, and Wicked Sacramento. Visit our People Power & Preservation page for the complete list!

California Preservation Awards

We are proud to announce 18 Winning Projects for 2020!
From Churches to Baseball Diamonds to Train Stations
Read More About Outstanding California Architecture Here

What’s Going On at CPF.
Let us warm up your winter! 

View a list of current and ongoing events below.
Or check out our Facebook Video or YouTube channel to watch our FREE, fun and educational content from 2020, including our most popular webinars “Tiki Time with Trader Brandon,” and “What Is Modernism and How to Save It, with Alan Hess.” 

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Check out our slate of new programming as we conclude 2020


Upcoming Events

Mar 16, 2021 - Apr 01, 2021
12:00 pm

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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More than 1000 preservation professionals and local advocates each year rely on CPF for education leadership, a 40-year tradition. Our annual conference is the West Coast’s largest and most respected, drawing upwards of 500 people to discuss innovative preservation strategies and approaches.

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We recognize and share stories of the state’s irreplaceable places. Hundreds of breakthrough projects have received a prestigious Preservation Design Award from CPF. We celebrate California’s unique built heritage through tours, site-specific gatherings, and networking events.

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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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