California Preservation Awards

We are proud to announce 18 Winning Projects for 2020
For the first time the Oct. 21 Ceremony is open to the public–wherever you are!
New Opportunities for Sponsors including Preservation ExPo 2020 Trade Show
And sign up for one of our Webinars or Events in October!

Watch Our Free Summer Programs

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!

What’s Going On at CPF

Link to our Spring and Summer Programs Here! Register now to participate in our community! 

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Check out our slate of new programming introduced for the Spring and Summer of 2020 here.

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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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