What’s going on at CPF?
What we do
Mission, Values, and Vision
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.
For over 40 years,we have educated preservation professionals and local advocates. We offer over 100 disinct events to thousands of attendees each year. Our annual conference is the West Coast’s largest and most respected, drawing upwards of 600 to discuss innovative preservation
We recognize and share the state’s irreplaceable historic places. Hundreds of breakthrough preservation projects have received a prestigous Preservation Design Award. We celebrate uniquely Californian places by offering members-only tours of sites typically not seen by the general public.
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
“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