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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

Sep 01, 2017 - Sep 01, 2099
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Rooftop History & Lore Walking Tour of San Francisco
Hearst Building, San Francisco California
Jun 19, 2018
9:00 am - 1:45 pm
Reinventing the Past: Adaptive Reuse Challenges and Successes
Herman Miller Showroom, Los Angeles California
Jun 20, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Under History's Canopy - Revealing the Layered Landscape of The Arboretum
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens – Palm Room, Arcadia California

What we do

Mission, Values, and Vision

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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For over 40 years,we have educated preservation professionals and local advocates. We offer over 100 disinct events to thousands of attendees each year. Our annual conference is the West Coast’s largest and most respected, drawing upwards of 600 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 prestigous 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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California Preservation Foundation

The Newport Restoration Foundation and the California Preservation Foundation are pleased to announce that the next Keeping History Above Water™ convening will take place in Palo Alto, at the California Preservation Conference. This is the first West Coast gathering of preservation, planning, economic development, cultural resource, and scientific experts aimed at helping communities prepare for the impact of rising tides, sea level rise, and other circumstances related to climate change.

The program including the following speakers:
Bradford Case, IEM
Lisa Craig, Michael Baker International
Andrew Galvan, Local Ohlone Tribal Scholar
Vida Germano, National Park Service
Winslow Hastie, Historic Charleston Foundation
Adam Markham, Union of Concerned Scientists
Robert Melnick, MIG
Michael Newland, Environmental Science Associates
Julianne Polanco, California Office of Historic Preservation
January Tavel, ICF
Will Travis, Climate Change Consultant
Anthony Veerkamp, National Trust for Historic Preservation

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How do we manage change in the midst of massive economic shifts? How do we maintain the connection to our heritage when faced with housing shortages and climate change that threaten to erase whole communities? How can preservationists help to improve social cohesion, adapt to technological advances, and promote community identification? Silicon Valley is at the epicenter of many of these changes, which reverberate in communities across the state. The Plenary Session at the 2018 California Preservation Conference brings together a distinguished panel to explore the common threads that unite us, as community members and advocates, in times of significant change.

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What people are saying

“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