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California Preservation Awards
Presenting the 39th Annual California Preservation Awards
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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 Award, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.
This year, we are celebrating the 18 winning projects, places, and people at six upcoming events including three free educational webinars and an online Awards Presentation. Exclusively for this year, CPF is hosting two “Evenings with Art + Architecture” receptions at exclusive private homes. Tickets are $225 each. Discounts for Award Sponsors and Project Team Affiliates.
Sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the receptions (depending on level), and a 15% discount on additional tickets (limited availability). Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities.
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Online Lunch & Learn Programs | Three Tuesdays in October
Join us with the project teams to dig deep into the challenges and victories of award-winning projects from 2022. We are holding programs on three consecutive Tuesdays in October – all FREE and open to the public thanks to our generous Design Awards sponsors. Tickets & Registration here.
Part 1: Tuesday, Oct 4 | Movie Magic – Challenges of Preserving Historic Theaters | 12 – 1 PM.
Featuring members of the project teams for Paramount Theatre of the Arts in Oakland and the Tower Theatre (now an Apple store) in downtown Los Angeles.
- Tower Theater: Get a first-hand look from the architects at the Tower Theatre rehabilitation. This Los Angeles project adaptively re-uses a 1927 motion picture theater – vacant for 35 years – as a flagship for a leading tech retailer including facilities for sales, A/V presentations, community programs, and creative classes.
- Paramount Theatre: Hear from project team members about the comprehensive rehabilitation of the street-facing elevations, including detailed restoration of the mosaics and bracketing terra cotta units, seismic enhancement, and refurbishment of the neon blade sign.
Panelists: Debra Gerod, Executive Architect for Tower Theater, Gruen Associates; Devon Barnes, AIA, LEED AP, Architect for for Tower Theater, Gruen Associates; Jacqui Hogans, Project Manager and Lead Architect for Paramount Theatre, McGinnis Chen Associates.
Part 2: Tuesday, Oct 18 | Two Cities, Two Approaches to Critical Issues (Housing/Climate Change/Seismic) | 12 – 1 PM.
Featuring members of the project teams for City of South Pasadena Design Guidelines for ADUs on Historic Properties, and Historic Assets and Risks Report, Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment, Embarcadero Seawall Program.
- City of South Pasadena Design Guidelines for ADUs: This important document helps streamline the review process for ADU construction in South Pasadena, pursuant to recently passed state legislation. The report author and lead will give us a first-hand look at the Guidelines, which were written with the help of a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant.
- Historic Assets and Risks Report, Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment, Embarcadero Seawall Program: Get a special look at the Trustee’s Award-winning Risk Assessment document for the Embarcadero, including most of the Embarcadero Historic District. See how this report attempts to understand and address earthquake and flood risks along the waterfront to create a more sustainable and resilient waterfront in San Francisco.
Panelists: Evanne St. Charles, Senior Associate, Architectural Resources Group; Samantha Rose, Associate, TEF Design
Part 3: Tuesday, Oct 25 | Hotel California – Stunning Hotels Reimagined | 12 – 1 PM.
Featuring members of the project teams for Hotel del Coronado – Entry, Porch and Lobby Restoration and the Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel.
- Hotel del Coronado: Get a peek at the $14 million restoration of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Work included 114 new replica wood windows fabricated to replace non-historic units. Original colors were restored, including the red window sashes and “haint blue” veranda ceilings. In the lobby, workers spent months stripping away the non-historic wood finishes and restoring the 1888 stain and shellac. The hotel’s largest stained-glass window was carefully removed and all 700 pieces were dismantled, cleaned, and reassembled.
- Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel: Hear from the Director of Hospitality Projects at Omgivning about the adaptive reuse conversion of the 1926 Commercial Club to a 148-room hotel.
Panelists: David Marshall, AIA, NCARB, President, Heritage Architecture & Planning; Morgan Sykes Jaybush, Director of Hospitality Projects, LEED AP.
An Evening with Art + Architecture I: Guy Hyde Chick House, Oakland | Oct. 13 | 4:30 PM - 7PM Pacific
An Evening with Art + Architecture
Award Celebration at the Guy Hyde Chick House designed by Bernard Maybeck
Thursday, Oct 13. | 4:30 PM – 7PM Pacific Tickets $225. Discounts available to winners and sponsors.
Don’t miss this Northern California celebration of the state’s best historic preservation projects. This exclusive event will allow a limited number of 70 guests at the landmark Guy Hyde Chick House in Oakland, designed by architect Bernard Maybeck in 1915. Guests will be allowed to tour the house and homeowner Foster Goldstrom’s avant-garde art collection while enjoying food and drink.
Maybeck, a renowned Berkeley architect, was known for his sophisticated and whimsical approach to design. He created this house for his close friend, Guy Hyde Chick, a civil engineer. The house is a redwood chalet with Japanese trelliswork, quatrefoil balconies and Gothic arches, all worked in a single harmonious design. The 4,500 square foot craftsman home is recognized around the world and has been published in over 25 books and magazines, including the covers of House Beautiful and Preservation magazines. Visitors to the home included chef Julia Child and actor Jeff Bridges. Maybeck is also renowned for his design of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Renowned art collector Foster Goldstrom purchased the house forty years ago. His collection spans 5,000 years of artistic expression. Works on display include pieces by artists Andy Warhol, Gale Wagner, Feng Jin, and John DeAndrea, who specializes in figural hyperrealism, and Arvie Smith, a nationally recognized African American expressionist who depicts the complex history of social and racial injustices. Architectural renderings by Maybeck are on display on the upper floor.
The home is surrounded by an acre of gardens and heritage oaks. “The connection with history, with a great architect and his mastery, with the families who’ve come and gone, with artists and the art collector is nearly overwhelming. Each emotion warrants its own exploration that never seems to satisfy.” – Blake Gilmore on the Guy Hyde Chick House, The Mercury News
An Evening with Art + Architecture II: Arroyo del Rey, Pasadena | Oct. 20 | 4:30 PM - 7PM Pacific
An Evening with Art + Architecture, Arroyo del Rey, King Residence | Oct. 20 | 4:30 PM – 7PM Pacific
Tickets $225. Discounts available to winners and sponsors.
Join our Southern California celebration of the state’s best historic preservation projects one week later. This exclusive event will allow a limited number of 125 guests to enjoy food and drinks outdoors with tours of the house. In 1979, owner Carol Soucek King and her husband Richard sought a home “hidden away in nature,” and commissioned architects Buff & Hensman to design the modern house. This special event will include an upscale taco bar, drinks, and “Golden Girls Cheesecakes” donated by celebrity chef George Geary. Historian Barbara Lamprecht will be honored with the presentation of a President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. Limited to 125 guests.
The 1.2-acre property is secluded, natural, and rustic, nestled along the Arroyo Seco River beneath the Pioneers Bridge with landscape design by Howard Oshiyama. The main residence captures the boldness of late-1970s modern, with robust forms, glass, and natural materials. The house features interior furnishings and built-ins designed by the architects, including handcrafted wood pieces by Conrad Buff.
Conrad Buff III and Donald Hensman created their firm in Pasadena in 1952. Both USC-trained architects, the duo worked throughout Southern California for nearly 40 years, contributed to the Case Study House Program, and completed 44 projects in Pasadena. The house is listed as a City of Pasadena historic monument.
California Preservation Awards Virtual Celebration | October 27, Online
California Preservation Awards Virtual Gala | Thursday, October 27, 6:00 – 7:00 PM PST – Online – FREE
The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, recognizing excellence in historic preservation. The Awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards. This program, including the Preservation Design Awards, President’s Awards, and Trustee’s Awards ceremonies, will be held online on Thursday, October 27, 2022, following two ticketed on-site receptions in Northern and Southern California. Tickets & Registration here.
Congratulations to the 2022 Preservation Design Award Winners!
The California Preservation Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Trustees Awards for Excellence: the Rehabilitation of the 1927 Tower Theatre (Los Angeles) and the Historic Assets and Risks Report of the Embarcadero Seawall (San Francisco). These projects were selected by the CPF Board of Trustees for special recognition from among this year’s 17 Preservation Design Award winners. Each project is exceptional in its own right; together they point to the future of preservation, highlighting the ability – and responsibility – of preservationists to address the largest problems facing communities throughout California and across the country.
Paramount Theatre of the Arts
UCSF Toland Hall Mural Removal
Cultural Heritage/Intangible Assets
Save As: NextGen Heritage Conservation Podcast
Cultural Resources, Studies, and Reports
Altadena African American Historic Resources Survey
City of South Pasadena Design Guidelines for ADU Development on Historic Properties
Historic Assets and Risks Report, Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment, Embarcadero Seawall Program*
Preservation or Restoration
Hotel del Coronado – Entry, Porch and Lobby Restoration
Point Reyes Lighthouse Restoration
Angel Island Immigration Station Hospital
Bakar BioEnginuity Hub
Casa de Rosas
Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel
Garfield Pool Rehabilitation at the Garfield Center
Museum of Science and Curiosity
President’s Award: Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Barbara Lamprecht. The CPF Board of Trustees is excited to present the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement to Barbara for her life’s work to interpret, document, and preserve historic buildings throughout California. Her efforts to advance the history of Richard Neutra increased the understanding of his leading role in the Modernist movement, and his enormous impact in the development of California’s built landscapes during the 20th century. Author Alan Hess called her work “among the most thorough and well-reasoned and insightful” in the field. Her mark is seen in cities all across California, including Palm Springs, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Pasadena.
In her own words, she captures the beauty of the work in historic preservation: “’Best,’ by the way, doesn’t mean the most expensive. It means people expert in skills, good-hearted, resilient, and ethical. Problems are part of the process, and it’s how they are resolved that matters. I love materials, products, procedures … and how fine architecture improves the fluidity of our lives.”
*Trustee Award Winner
Thank you to our Jury for the 2022 Preservation Design Awards!
Design Awards Co-Chair
Cathy Garrett, Principal, PGAdesign. Cathy is president of the PGAdesign Landscape Architects a landscape studio based in Oakland celebrating more than 40 years in business. During her career, she has worked on projects that include Frederick Law Olmsted’s Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City, as well as projects in France, Italy, England, Canada and her native Australia. Award winning projects in California include the Lopez Adobe in San Fernando and the Lovelace Garden in Montecito, also Casa Amesti in Monterey, the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park and the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento. She has made presentations at annual conferences for the American Institute of Architects, California Council for the Promotion of History, California State Parks, and California Preservation Foundation. Cathy has been welcomed as visiting critic for the University of California, Berkeley schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning, Cornell University, and the University of New South Wales in Australia. From 2017 to 2019, she served as the Consulting Campus Landscape Architect for UC Berkeley. Cathy was a founding co-chair of the Northern California HALS (Historic American Landscape Survey) Group. She is a past-president of the California Preservation Foundation and until 2018 served on the Historic State Capitol Commission.
Design Awards Co-Chair
Bill Schaeffer, Partner, Cello & Maudru Construction and CPF Vice President of Development. Bill Schaeffer is a partner at Cello & Maudru Construction Company. Based in Napa, Cello & Maudru specializes in winery, estate home, & hospitality construction building projects throughout the Bay Area. With the firm since 1996, he has been lucky enough to work on a few notable historic buildings, most recently the Buena Vista Winery Cellar & Caves (CPF 2013 Preservation Technology Award) & the adaptive reuse of the Mackintosh House in Sonoma for Scribe Winery. With a focus on history, architecture, and historic preservation, he received a bachelor of science in Environmental Design from UC Davis in 1993. Bill served on the board of Napa County Landmarks from 2002 to 2007.
Tarah Beebe, AIA, joined KFA upon graduating from USC and was promoted to Senior Associate in 2018. Her career at KFA has been focused on community-based and hospitality project types, with a specialty in historic renovations and contextual projects. With experience at multiple university and school communities, Tarrah assists stakeholders, staff, and faculty with development of a strong program and a timeless design. She sees collaboration as the cornerstone of successful projects, and enjoys synthesizing input from clients, consultants, and contractors. Tarrah has led several adaptive reuse projects in historic buildings throughout Los Angeles, including in Downtown LA, a neighborhood where KFA’s leadership earned the CPF Presidents Award in 2018. Originally from Boston’s historic Charlestown neighborhood, Tarrah’s undergraduate years were divided between the design studios of CUA’s School of Architecture, and the volleyball court as the University’s first libero. She studied urban design in Tanzania as a Fulbright scholar, and has taught at USC in the Building Science program. She has coached a club volleyball team in Santa Monica for 11 years.
Wendy Hillis, AIA, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Campus Architect, UC Berkeley, has served as Assistant Vice Chancellor at Campus Architect at UC Berkeley since 2019. In this role, she provides strategic and long-range planning for the programming, design, and development of campus properties, including buildings, infrastructure, and landscape projects. Prior to her role at UC Berkeley, she was the Campus Architect at Tulane University and the Historic Preservation Architect at UNC Chapel Hill. Wendy holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master of Architecture degree with a certificate in preservation from the University of Virginia.
George Smart, CEO and founder of USModernist, created the largest open digital archive of residential mid-century Modernist houses that documents over 15,000 Modernist houses. USModernist’s intrepid team of nonprofit staff and volunteers document nearly every Wright, Lloyd Wright, Neutra, Schindler, Lautner, Breuer, Gropius, Ellwood, Koenig, Ain, and Soriano houses – plus the work of 100 more architects – and the USModernist Library has scanned over 4 million pages of architecture magazines. As host of the long-running podcast USModernist Radio, named by DWELL as the #2 architecture and design podcast, George has informed, entertained, and inspired audiences with over 260 shows to engage preservationists. George and USModernist have won 17 honors for leadership in preservation, including a 2014 DOCOMOMO-US award, a 2022 national Honorary AIA and 2016 national AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional Achievement.
Rob Thomson is trained as an archaeologist and historic preservation planner. He has worked for the Presidio Trust in San Francisco since 2006, and currently manages the agency’s historic preservation and cultural resources program as its Federal Preservation Officer. Prior to the Trust, Rob developed historic preservation training programs in Southeast Asia for the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, and worked on archaeological field projects in Virginia, California, and East Africa. He has written extensively on historic preservation policy in the US and Asia, including a co-authored book entitled Architectural Conservation in Asia: National Experiences & Practice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University.
Sian Winship is President of the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter (SAH/SCC). She works as an independent preservation consultant and has authored a number of historic contexts including the award-winning Japanese American Context and Women’s Rights Context for SurveyLA as well as nominations for architectural and cultural resources at the local, state and national level. She recently attained National Register designation for the Woman’s Club of Bakersfield. She was a contributing author to the book, William Krisel’s Palm Springs and received a Friends of Residential Treasures Fellowship in 2020. Through the SAH/SCC, Sian has curated and led architectural tours throughout Southern California, as well as Boston, Sarasota, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh.
The California Preservation Design Awards is an annual event that recognizes innovators from across the state in architecture, engineering, planning, documentation, and design.
Our Sponsors are invited to join us for our first-ever celebratory series of events held both onsite and online. Thanks to our generous patrons and sponsors, we will have two Evenings with Art + Architecture (scheduled for October 13th in Oakland and October 20th in Pasadena), three educational webinars free for the public, and an online Awards Show and Ceremony (scheduled for October 27th, also free to attend).
Why Sponsor? This year is unique in all sorts of ways. Our on-site receptions will provide you with an opportunity to meet dozens of business leaders, explore new perspectives, and build your future with like-minded colleagues. Sponsors receive a range of benefits, including early access to event tickets, with extended reach to more than 20,000 people across the country and around the globe.
See the details in our Preservation Design Awards brochure (download PDF) or sign up online on our Sponsors page. Please contact us for other opportunities at email@example.com.
Press Kits and Press Releases
Press releases are available in below
- 39th Annual Preservation Design Awards Announcement and Press Release
- 2022 Trustees’ Awards for Excellence Press Release and Announcement
About the Preservation Design Awards
Since 1983, nearly 600 projects have been recognized with a Preservation Design Award. Winning projects 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. The jury selects projects that have furthered, to a notable degree, the purposes of the profession, consistent with the California Preservation Foundation’s mission.
About the President’s Awards
President’s Awards honor people deserving of special recognition for their outstanding preservation efforts. Since its inception in 1991, this program has recognized more than 155 individuals and organizations whose work allows others to gain a deeper appreciation of historic resources and their value to California’s economy, environment and quality of life. All proceeds from this event support the California Preservation Foundation’s statewide education and advocacy programs.