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.

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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Mingle among towering palm trees on a tour of Mid-Century Modern homes at the base of majestic mountains. Nestled in neighborhoods such as Las Palmas Estates and Mountain View Estates, these subdivisions were part of California’s booming Post-War growth and furthered the advent of elegant, efficient new ideas in American residential architecture. Many of the sites were originally seasonal homes for winter “Snowbirds." Experience the comfort and innovation Snowbirds brought to everyday living and see the ideas they took to architects back home. This tour includes the work of George and Robert Alexander, the region’s most prolific developers and builders, and architect William Krisel, one of the most significant pioneers of new housing concepts in more than 40,000 housing units nationwide.

Vista Las Palmas
Wednesday, May 8
1:30-5 PM | $60
Photo © Stephen Schafer Photography

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When we went to Sacramento this week to speak before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, we had a clear message: state historic tax credits are an investment in our future. After hearing from California Preservation Foundation, AIA California, Toni G. Atkins, and Fiona Ma, the committee agreed, voting 5 to 0 in support of moving our tax credit bill, SB 451, forward. Next, the bill will be heard by the Appropriations Committee on its long journey to Governor Newsom's desk.

CPF is committed to taking this bill all the way, because we believe that our cultural and architectural heritage is worth fighting for. Join us on this critical journey today by making a donation to the CPF Advocacy Fund.

All donations to the Advocacy Fund are matched - dollar for dollar - up to $50,000. Double your impact by making your contribution today!

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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