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The Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Program

NEW! 2014 Nomination Materials Now Available

Nomination forms and information for the 2014 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are now available. For general information, see our Nomination Information and Criteria document. Then use the appropriate form to prepare your nomination: Project Nomination Form or Individuals, Organizations, and Agencies Nomination Form. Nominations must be postmarked or hand-delivered by May 12, 2014. For more information, contact awards coordinator Diane Barclay at or (916) 445-7026.

About the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

Established in 1986, the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the State Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and California State Parks to individuals, organizations, companies, and public agencies whose contributions demonstrate notable achievements in preserving the heritage of California. The purpose of the awards is to recognize meaningful achievements in historic preservation through increased public awareness, appreciation, and support for historic preservation throughout the state.recognize meaningful achievements in historic preservation and to increase public awareness, appreciation, and support for historic preservation efforts throughout the state.

California's history is embodied in buildings, structures, sites, and objects that provide a tangible link to the people, events, and patterns of history that have shaped California's growth and development. Since 1986, more than two hundred organizations, groups, and agencies have been recognized for their outstanding commitment to preserving those connections to California's cultural and architectural legacies. 

Recipients of this year’s awards will be announced at the State Historical Resources Commission's Fall meeting. Presentation of the awards will take place in Sacramento in mid-November.

Questions concerning the awards program may be directed to Diane Barclay, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at or 916 445-7026.

2012 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Winners

On November 29, 2012, the 27th Governor's Historic Preservation Awards ceremony was held at Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. Eleven recipients received awards at the event, presented by California State Parks Director Major General Anthony Jackson, USMC (ret.), and State Historic Preservation Officer Carol Roland-Nawi. The following are the 2012 recipients of the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards:

  • North Figueroa Association for Relighting the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street
  • Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation for Santa Barbara Courthouse – Spirit of the Ocean Fountain
  • California Institute of Technology for Linde + Robinson Laboratory for Global Environmental Science
  • United States Forest Service for Smith River National Recreation Area Fire Warehouse Restoration
  • Napa Valley State Parks Association and California State Parks for Restoration of Bale Grist Mill’s Historic Grain Cleaning and Sifting System
  • City of Carlsbad for Leo Carrillo Ranch Barn Stabilization and Restoration Project
  • San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for Murphy Windmill of Golden Gate Park
  • Vista Irrigation District for Warner-Carrillo Adobe Ranch House and Barn
  • City of San Fernando and its Historical Site Preservation Commission for Rehabilitation of the Lopez Adobe
  • City of Orange for Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Element of the City of Orange General Plan
  • Robert C. Pavlik for his many contributions to the preservation of historical resources in California

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. Videos about each award winner can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

Check back on this site for information about submitting nominations for the 2013 awards, which we anticipate will be available in late January 2013.


Eleven outstanding preservation projects were chosen to receive a 2011 Governor's Historic Preservation Award. Recipients were honored at a ceremony held at the Stanford Mansion in mid-November.
Videos about each of the award winners can be found on OHP's YouTube Channel.

  • Former State Senator Denise Moreno-Ducheny, the Society for California Archaeology, Michael Sampson and Dr. Susan Hector for The Passing of SB 1034 (California ARPA)

  • United States Navy and California State University Los Angeles for San Nicolas Island Archaeological Field School Program (Los Angeles and Ventura Counties)

  • The Kawaiisu Nation, the Kern Valley Indian Community and Council, and the Kawaiisu Language & Cultural Center for The Kawaiisu Project (Kern County)

  • City and County of San Francisco Planning Department for Historic Context Statement: SF Modern Architecture & Landscape Design 1935-1970

  • City of Pasadena for Study of Late 19th & 20th Century Development and Architecture in Pasadena

  • City of Calabasas for William C. Masson Residence Historic Structures Report

  • Bayview Opera House, Inc. for Bayview Opera House Restoration (San Francisco)

  • Presidio Trust for Presidio Public Health Service Hospital District (San Francisco)

  • City of Richmond for Richmond Memorial Civic Center Rehabilitation

  • Richmond Friends of Recreation/Save the Plunge Trust and Todd Jersey for Richmond Municipal Natatorium

  • California State Parks for Restoration and Reconstruction of the Cosmopolitan Hotel (San Diego)

  • San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority for Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead Restoration and Reconstruction (San Diego County)


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