November 2016

In this Month's Issue...
Mothers Building Murals | WW1 Vallejo Flour Mill Endangered | Photos from 2016 PDA | Support Lake Tahoe Preservation | The Factory Receives Historic Designation | and more!

CPF News

Webinar: Sputnik Science & Engineering Buildings: Bain or Boon?

Nov. 9, 2016: 12pm - 1:30pm
1.5 CEUs

The Sputnik satellite, a looming threat in the late 1950s, effectively spawned the best technology the US has developed… as well as many mid-century science buildings. Could these seemingly large and ugly buildings actually be goldmines for adaptive reuse and historic preservation?

Non-members: $60 / $75 (after Oct 26)
Members: $45 / $55 (after October 26)


Earth, Wind, Water, Fire: Strategies for Resiliency of Historic Resources

Nov. 7, 2016: 9am - 4pm
6 CEUs

This workshop presents an overview of the core concepts of Resiliency - the ability to withstand, adapt, and recover from shocks and stresses. We will discuss the development of public policy and practical design recommendations to mitigate these risks while exploring successes and challenges in past Resiliency programs with recommendations for future development. Learn More

Broadcast: Register. Non-members: $75 / $90 (after Oct 26) | Members: $60 / $75 (after October 24)
Workshop: Register. Non-members: $150 / $165 (after Oct 26) | Members: $115 / $130 (after October 24)

All registration fees go directly back into providing quality education throughout the year. Your fees help support our organization!


CPF Conference 2017

Next year's annual conference will be held in Pasadena at the Hilton Hotel from May 10 - 13. Check back here for more info.
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Advocacy & Updates




Mothers Building Murals at San Francisco Zoo

Closed for the past ten years, the Mothers Building was for years a refuge for women and their children visiting the San Francisco Zoo. The mosaics and murals— all by women artists hired by the Works Progress Administration— were added between 1934 and 1938. These murals have been damaged due to moisture and now a fundraiser has started to restore them. Learn more.



Waterfront Flour Mill Endangered

In 1910, the first mill on the site of Vallejo's waterfront was purchased by Sperry Flour Company. During WW1, the mill supplied tons of flour to Europe and employed over 350 workers. The current mill was built in 1919 and sold to General Mills but has remained closed since 2004. An effort to place the site on the National Register has been put in place to save the original Sperry Mill from demolition. Learn more by contacting Cynthia Ripley.

Photo credit: Kristen Lucas


Ask Congress for Funding to Help the National Park Service

The National Trust recently started working on a national campaign with National Parks Conservation Association and the Pew Charitable Trusts to get funding from Congress to help the National Park Service catch up on its backlog of much-needed repairs. Learn more at this website, including a great video.

Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears is one of the most significant cultural landscapes in the United States. It contains more than 100,000 cultural and archaeological sites, associated with the Navajo, Ute, Hopi, and Pueblo people who consider this region their homeland. The National Trust is advocating for its designation as a national monument. Show your support by writing a letter to elected officials. A sample letter is provided here.

Preservation Events


Modernism Week will take place on February 16-26, 2016

Tickets for Modernism Week in Palm Springs, are on sale now. Modernism Week is a proud sponsor of the California Preservation Foundation and a partner is celebrating preservation in California. 

A Golden Age for Historic Properties 

According to John and Anita Durel, “Historic properties are on the verge of a golden age. Over the next two decades Americans will turn to historic houses and sites as a source of learning, enjoyment, and fulfillment.”

Historic properties are on the verge of a golden age. Over the next two decades Americans will turn to historic houses and sites as a source of learning, enjoyment, and fulfillment. Increasingly, people will choose to spend time in places that connect them to their past, to nature, and to beauty.

Read their original blog post here.


Photos from the 2016 Preservation Design Awards

Unable to attend the PDA this year? Check out our photo album of images from the event here.

Thanks again to all our sponsors, attendees and volunteers for making this year's Preservation Design Awards possible!

Become a Member of CPF

Learn more about our membership program and the benefits of membership.

 Greene and Greene's historic Gamble House Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Pasadena Star News did a story on the 50th Anniversary of the Gamble House in Pasadena. California Preservation Foundation (CPF) President Cindy Heitzman greets Gamble House Director Ted Bosley during the Gala on Wednesday night, September 21, 2016 at the home designed by California architects Greene and Greene. The Gamble House Conservation Project won a Preservation Design Award in 2005 from CPF.

(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) 

 Fort Ross: Legacy and future of the former Russian settlement

During its operation by the company, Fort Ross served as an important trading post as well as a source of food for the Russian settlements in Alaska. In the 1840s, it passed into private hands, and it became part of the preservation efforts of the State of California in the early 1900s.

On October 17, an annual forum titled the Fort Ross Dialogue took place to discuss what the future holds for the site and how it continues to improve relations between the U.S.and Russia by bringing together Russian and American thought leaders from academia, business, the media and diplomatic circles. Read more here.

(Photo courtesy of Niall Kennedy) 
We thank our Annual Sponsors for supporting CPF's Educational Programs throughout the year

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