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Pasadena, May 10 – 13, 2017


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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

Jun 02, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Special Tour: Tenderloin LGBTQ History
Tenderloin Museum, San Francisco California
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Jun 22, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Secretary of Interior's Standards: Historic Districts, Infill Construction, and New Additions
Chapman University – Digital Media Arts Center Screening Room, Orange CA
Jun 23, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The California Environmental Quality Act: Updates, Actions, and Advocacy
Chapman University – Digital Media Arts Center Screening Room, Orange CA

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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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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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Do not forget to attend this very important workshop at our Annual Conference on May 10th. We hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

Displacing Gentrification: Preservation of Urban Latino Comm'ty

May 10, 2017, 9:00am - May 13, 2017, 12:00pm

CALIFORNIA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION 2017 CONFERENCEDisplacing Gentrification: Perseverance & Preservation of Urban Latino Community and CultureThe focus of the workshop will be on Los Angeles Latino Neighborhoods, Boyle Heights, South Central, LA River and Highland Park. The workshop will explore how other Latino neighborhoods have enacted preservation and other land use tools to stabilize their communities from a changing landscape in large part fueled by government inaction and speculator driven development. The workshop will introduce each neighborhood to what San Francisco’s Mission District has enacted through legislation, community organizing and additional preservation and other tools to stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods.Moderator: Oscar Grande, Community Organizer, PODER; Speakers: Irma Munoz, Executive Director, Mujeres de la Tierra; David Diaz, Historian Urban Planner; Eric Huerta, Boyle Heights Community Resident, Journalist/Community Blogger; Zacil Pech, Community Organizer, Defend Boyle Heights; Erick Arguello, President, Calle 24 SF Mission District; Manuel Huerta, Founder, Persona/Anima ProductionsLearning Objectives 1. Learn about the different community-driven preservation, planning and health equity process to safeguard the cultural heritage of cultural neighborhood 2. Learn how these neighborhoods have utilized preservation, planning and health equity tools to protect aspects of their neighborhoods. 3. Learn strategies for safeguarding diverse cultural heritage resources, such as historic murals, businesses, nonprofits, parades and festivals. 4. Learn to build a preservation coalition with community, non-profit and allies.Community participants for this workshop will be a nominal fee of $25.00. If there is any one in the community that cant pay this amount, inbox SFLHS on facebook or and provide you name and email address.Here is the link for workshop Registration visit: on the Registration Button, enter your contact information as a new account, click on “Tour & Workshop Tickets Only” and select the Displacing Gentrification workshop on Wednesday.Here is the Conference information

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“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