Category: Blog

  • California Historic Tax Credit is Funded for 2022!

    July 19, 2021 by in Advocacy & Blog

    As a result of our work, and the commitment of Senator Atkins, the CA HTC funding was included in the revised budget, signed by the Governor last month. The full $50 million allocation will be available for projects effective January 1, 2022. 

  • Saving the Orchards of the Gooch-Monroe Family: California’s Early African American Pioneers

    May 13, 2021 by in Blog

    The Monroe Orchards, named after Nancy and Peter’s Grandson Pearley Monroe still stand today, although in desperate need of preservation and protection. What remains of the orchards sits on approximately 2 of the 576 acres that make up the park. In their glory they covered 10 acres including the hillside. The Monroe Orchards grew apples peaches, and plums, but the trees no longer produce fruit, and each season trees are lost. There are apple tree varieties that are found in just a handful of orchards, one of them is, you guessed it, the Monroe Orchards in Coloma, California. But without a plan in place to protect them, all of what remains may be lost forever. 

  • A Layered History: The Rebirth of a Napa Icon

    January 6, 2020 by in Blog

    In 2010, citizens emerged in full force to defend the 1940s red-and-blue Art Moderne tile façade of Fagiani’s bar at 813 Main Street in downtown Napa. They wore buttons that read “Free Fagiani’s” and gathered hundreds of signatures for a petition asking the city council to allow the tiles to remain. They succeeded. But nine years later, the building has reopened again as the AVOW restaurant, this time without the tiles—and without the controversy. A lot changed in the interim.

  • Atascadero Printery – Treasured in the Past, Invaluable for the Future

    December 2, 2019 by in Blog

    The Atascadero Printery, a 100 year old structure along California’s Central Coast, now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, stood vacant and vandalized when the Atascadero Printery Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, formed out of an online community discussion about the building and its historic role in the development of the City, and a vital purpose for its future.

  • Governor Newsom Signs SB 451 (Atkins) – The State Historic Tax Credit Bill

    November 5, 2019 by in Advocacy & Blog

    On October 9th, 2019 Governor Newsom signed SB 451 (Atkins) to establish the new California Historic Tax Credit. This landmark bill was authored was Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins and was sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIA CA). The passage of SB 451 is a major success for CPF and places California alongside 36 other states that have adopted historic tax credits. We are extremely proud of our work to pass SB 451, which is a major achievement for CPF.

  • CPF’s Andrew Shaffer Takes New Post with GLBT Historical Society

    October 16, 2019 by in Blog

    It’s never easy saying goodbye – especially for a preservationist. But I’m glad to be leaving at a high point in CPF’s history, following the passage of the California Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (SB 451), as well as an incredibly successful conference in Palm Springs and awards program in San Francisco. I have no doubt that even better things are in store for CPF’s future.