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The 2023 Design Awards Event

For 2023, we’re celebrating 16 award winning projects at the historic Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture in the Cowell Theatre, preceded by a special social event in the stunning Design Award-winning Pier 2 Atrium.

We’re celebrating four years of the Preservation Design Awards at this special opportunity for winning teams and conference-goers. Wines will be split into six groups, tied to winning projects from all four years. There will be some surprises, a silent auction, and food and drink served.

Japanese Tea Garden Pagoda Repair


Preservation Architect (Principal-in-charge)
David Wessel – Architectural Resources Group

Preservation Architect (Project Manager/Associate/Architectural Conservator)
Mayank Patel – Architectural Resources Group

Owner/Client (Project Lead)
Eric Andersen – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Owner/Client (Partnerships)
Abigail Maher – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Owner/Client (Garden Supervisor)
Steven Pitsenbarger – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Owner/Clent (Project Manager)
Gabriel Meil – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Structural Maintenance Yard Carpentry Shop
John Cunha – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Structural Engineer
Eugene Tuan – Tuan and Robinson, Structural Engineers, Inc.

Wood Technologist
Kevin Flynn – Flynn & Assoc., Inc.

Painting Contractor
Artyom Ponomarenko – JPB Designs

Copper Contractor

Community Advocate
John Ware – San Francisco Parks Alliance

Community Advocate
Louise Mozingo – San Francisco Parks Alliance

Japanese Tea Garden Pagoda Repair

Japanese Tea Garden Pagoda Repair is a winner for the 2023 Preservation Design Award for Craftsmanship/Preservation Technology. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at

About Japanese Tea Garden Pagoda Repair

The five-tiered Pagoda in the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco was originally built as a temporary display inside the Palace of Food Products at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. No major repair work had been done to the Pagoda since 1965, and there was significant wood damage and deterioration, including cracks, checks, rot, and displaced elements. Roof shingles and sheathing were deteriorated and beyond their useful service life. The lead-based paint was flaking and peeling. The preservation project included significant wood repair and replacement, new roof shingles at all five tiers, new wood finial, lead abatement, and repainting. All carpentry and roofing work was completed in-house by the client’s carpentry crew with impeccable craftsmanship and careful attention to historic details, avoiding a problematic public bid process. Custom-made traditional bells were hung from all five roofs for the first time in decades.

About CPF and the Awards

The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF), a 501c3 nonprofit, was incorporated in 1978. We now support a national network of more than 36,000 members and supporters. Click here to learn how you can become a member.