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What’s going on at CPF?

Annual On-Site Conference Postponed

As a 501c3 educational organization, the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) holds up to 100 distinct events every year, both live and on-line. The safety and health of our staff, members, and attendees is our top concern. Given recent events, we are making important programmatic changes to our educational lineup and evaluating our options for the Annual Preservation Conference in Sacramento scheduled for May 17-20, 2020. We will let all of our friends and members know as soon as we have more information. 

FROM the VAULT: Once a month, CPF will release a popular recorded webinar from its Education & Training content library, a benefit of membership provided for free to the public through the summer. Our first release will be “The Architectural Styles & History Behind Disney’s Attractions.” This fun tour, a favorite for storytelling in architecture, includes six handouts in PDF format as well as the previously-recorded webinar. REGISTER HERE for your FREE content experience. Click “Get a Recording” to download. Available through April 30, 2020. Watch at your leisure and share with your friends! Thank you for your support of 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

Twice Monthly
on Friday
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Rooftop History & Lore Walking Tour of San Francisco

 Vaillancourt Fountain, San Francisco California

Postponed until Further Notice 

May 06, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Jun 19, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 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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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. 

Our Community

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