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What’s going on at CPF?

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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
Jimmy James
Sep 06, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Salvaging the Past: Environmental and Preservation Issues in Architectural Salvage
Liz’s Antique Hardware / The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles California

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.

 

ADVOCATE

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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EDUCATE

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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CELEBRATE

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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EVENTS Each YEAR

Over 2,000 people benefit from our educational events every year.

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300+

VOLUNTEERS Annually

Over our 40-year history, thousands of dedicated volunteers have helped us protect historic places in the state.

How can you help?

200+

PARTNERS

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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500+

Awards

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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#AdvocacyAlert | San Francisco

Help support the Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo by writing a letter of support to Supervisor Norman Yee (Norman.Yee@sfgov.org)

The Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo contains four New Deal Era Murals by two women artists, Helen K. Forbes and Dorothy W. Pucinelli, the largest egg tempera murals in the West. The building, closed to the public for over 15 years, is an important example of San Francisco’s 1930s artwork. Supervisor Norman Yee’s district includes this historically important structure, and his support is critical in the efforts of the Friends of the Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo to re-open the building in the near future.

More information is available at californiapreservation.org/advocacy/alerts/It's been a while since I posted on Faceebook about the Mothers Building project so here is the latest information I know about the project. The money we received from Supervisor Tang's office is being used to fund the masonry work on the building. This work should be starting shortly. With this work we will have completed the immediate and short-term needs for the projects.

Two of the biggest supporters of this project are moving on to new challenges in their life. Dawn Kamalanathan Is taking a new job at the school district, and Supervisor Katy Tang has decided not to run for reelection Both have played a tremendous role in getting the project this far along.

We still have not found funds (6 million) to do the next phase of the project and I am not sure were the funds will be coming from.

Norman Yee who district the Zoo is located in still not on board with project. His e-mail address is Norman.Yee@sfgov.org if you can ask him to support the project.

I have have a side presentation about the Mothers Building if you know of any organization that should be talking to please let me know.
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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