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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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 Hindry House in Pasadena, California, recipient of a 2018 #PreservationDesignAward for Rehabilitation, and to Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture, the project's Landscape Architect.

The Hindry House is an exceptional example of the work of master architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman, who were influential in the development of the Craftsman style in California, and across the country. Although the brothers were responsible for designing over a thousand buildings throughout California, only twenty of those buildings were located in Pasadena. The Hindry House represents the Heinemans' first major commission and the pinnacle of their residential architectural career, as it displays highly distinctive design features that were utilized in a number of their later designs.

The 1910 Hindry House site and landscape design was believed to have been designed by Alfred Heineman and exemplified the popular landscape aesthetic of the arts and crafts movement.

In 1970 Dr. Albert Hibbs, the “voice of JPL,” and his wife Marka Hibbs, commissioned master landscape architect Courtland Paul to design a naturalistic swimming pool that would allow the family to learn to scuba dive. The design was heavily publicized and was influential in the evolution of naturalistic pool design. The Hibbs pool is considered pivotal in Paul's career, a landmark on his path to becoming a globally recognized resort designer.

The Cultural Landscape Report, and the rehabilitation project it guided, advances historic preservation in Pasadena by demonstrating best practices for informed rehabilitation of a cultural landscape; a resource that has evolved over time resulting in multiple periods of significance and distinct sets of character defining features. This project supports the City's effort to recognize and preserve its significant gardens as historic resources.

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Congratulations to the Uber Advanced Technologies Group R&D Center, recipient of a 2018 #PreservationDesignAward for Rehabilitation!

This project is noteworthy for not only the contrast but also the similarity of the historical and new uses of Buildings 113, 114, 115, and 116 at what was until a few decades ago, a complex that was home to Bethlehem Shipbuilding - one of the largest ship yards on the west coast. Today Pier 70, of which this project is a significant part, is regarded as the best preserved 19th century industrial complex west of the Mississippi.

The project encompasses four structures of 20th Street Historic Buildings at Pier 70 which were originally constructed between 1885 and 1937. The unromantically named Buildings 113, 114, 115, 116 not only originated in different decades, but also are of widely varying construction types and materials, including un-reinforced masonry, reinforced concrete, and wood or steel trusses. The challenges in accommodating a state-of-the-art technology company into a physically deteriorating and seismically substandard historic building, were both technical and architectural. Fortunately, the old buildings were blessed with great architectural “bones”, magnificent potential natural light from skylights and windows, plus awesome “craneways” in dramatic volumes that allowed the insertion of mezzanines, bridges and stairs. In addition to the physical elements of architecture, the use of architectural lighting to shape the spaces, define functions and highlight the super cool industrial artifacts (such as yellow cranes) was crucial to the outcome.

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The California Preservation Foundation is proud to support the Climate Heritage Mobilization at the Global Climate Action summit at California Historical Society. Speaking is Carl Elefante, president of The American Institute of Architects.

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Congratulations to the Commercial Exchange Building, recipient of a 2018 #PreservationDesignAward for Rehabilitation!

Described by the Los Angeles Times as one of the most “substantial, utile, and handsome [buildings] that talent and money can produce,” Walker & Eisen designed the Commercial Exchange Building in the #Renaissance Revival style in 1924. The building was the first in its immediate vicinity built to the maximum allowable building height. It also boasted three high-speed elevators, offices with abundant light, elegant mahogany trim and millwork, and coveted two-hour street parking. Upon it's opening, the Owl Drug Company Headquarters held office space for the notable Tarzan author, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and many dentists (4 floors to be exact). It was advertised as a “modern edifice of dignity and beauty.”

The building was identified as eligible for the #NationalRegisterofHistoricPlaces and as an historic resource by the Community Redevelopment Agency prior to the sale and renovation of the building. However, it was not until 2017 that the building was declared a Historic Cultural Landmark, upon completion of its adaptive reuse for this project. The building, now called the Freehand Los Angeles, has been adaptively reused into a stunning destination hotel for visitors to enjoy while stimulating the local economy.

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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