Moving Past 40




CPF is celebrating our 40th birthday with new membership options, greater resources, and by making an investment in the future.



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California Preservation Awards




Join CPF as we recognize the best in preservation from around the state at the 2018 California Preservation Awards!



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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.

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
Oct 04, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Preservation in 3D: Improving Preservation Projects through 3D Documentation and BIM
Architectural Resources Group Offices, Los Angeles California
Nov 03, 2018
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

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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Congratulations to the 2018 President’s Award Winners! These awards honor individuals and organizations deserving of special recognition for their outstanding preservation efforts. Their work allows others to gain a deeper appreciation of historic resources and their value to California’s economy, environment and quality of life.

Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA – Elk Grove (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Janet Hansen – Los Angeles (President’s Award)

Mary Adams Urashima – Huntington Beach (President’s Award)

KFA Architecture – Santa Monica (President’s Award)

The President’s Awards will be presented on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the California Preservation Awards ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Read more at
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Earlier this week, the California Preservation Foundation was invited to meet with a delegation from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and representatives from several historic Egyptian sites, to share our experiences with documenting and advocating for historic places. The lively exchange allowed us to learn from each other and share success stories of #PreservationAdvocacy.

CPF works every day to promote the protection of heritage sites across the state and to invigorate preservation efforts widely. Follow us on social media to see more #CPFatWork, and join today to support our mission at!

The meeting was part of "Documenting Cultural Heritage: A Project for Egypt," arranged through the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (#IVLP) and Global Ties San Francisco, a division of the Northern California World Trade Center. The program facilitates global connections by inviting international visitors to exchange ideas with their American professional counterparts.

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More than a year of advocacy from the Chico Heritage Association has resulted in the preservation of two of the town's four historic water towers that Cal Water had been planning to demolish. In July, CPF sent out an Advocacy Alert, requesting information from people who had experience preserving similar structures. More than a dozen CPF members reached out to help and, according to CHA member and CSU Chico Professor Michael Magliari, the responses they received "were very valuable and much appreciated! It was great to hear from people in other communities who had worked to save their own local water towers and who had good advice and information to share with us!"

As a statewide network with more than 15,000 members and supporters, the California Preservation Foundation is uniquely positioned to connect people in need with resources and information from across the state. From Advocacy Alerts and direct intervention to workshops and webinars, we provide education and advocacy year-round to protect the unique places that matter across California.

Our work is made possible by the support of our members. Visit to learn more about the benefits of CPF membership and enroll 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