Invest in Preservation Advocacy


The California Preservation Foundation advocates for preservation priorities throughout the year, from passing the State Historic Tax Credit (SB 451) to addressing the impacts of climate change and the housing crisis. Support our work by making a matched donation to the Advocacy Fund today!

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36th Annual California Preservation Awards


From meticulous craftsmanship to the bold re-imagination of historic structures, this year’s winners highlight the absolute best in preservation. Read more and register today for the 36th Annual California Preservation Awards to be held in San Francisco on Friday, October 18.

Celebrate Preservation Excellence

Learn from Preservation Professionals


In workshops and webinars

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Become a member

Join a network of over 20,000 members and supporters who work to preserve and protect our architectural and cultural heritage.

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Support the State Historic Tax Credit


Write to Governor Newsom to show your support!

SB 451 will encourage economic development of properties on or eligible for the State or National Register of Historic Places through a 20% investment tax credit, placing California alongside 35 other states who have adopted a state historic tax credit program. Click here to read more.


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Find a Professional


Find preservation professionals from across California.

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California Preservation Conference

The 2020 Conference will be held in Sacramento from May 17-20th. Save the date now and check back soon for ticket and sponsorship information.

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What’s going on at CPF?

Get Involved

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 20, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Decoding Preservation: A 360-Degree Look at Historic Preservation Ordinances, Policy, and Practice
Pasadena City Hall – Basement Training Room, Pasadena California
Nov 01, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Advanced Topics in CEQA and Section 106
Google Community Space, San Francisco

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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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