The Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Program

Governor Newsom Seal of OfficeEstablished in 1986, the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and California State Parks to projects, individuals, and organizations whose contributions demonstrate significant achievements in preserving the heritage of California.  

Awards Background & Criteria

2019 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

On behalf of Governor Gavin Newsom, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. These five awarded projects represent exemplary achievements in historic preservation and the preservation of California's heritage. Congratulations! Recipients will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held in Sacramento on January 22, 2020. The ceremony will be lived-streamed, details to follow. 

2019 Award Recipients

Beverly Fairfax NRHP Listing
Contra Costa Florist Building
Doors Open Riverside
Livermore Railroad Depot Rehabilitation and Relocation
Manzanar Community Archaeology Program

Do you know of an individual, organization, or project that exemplifies the best in historic preservation? See below for nomination forms and information about the 2020 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards.

Accepting Nominations for the 2020 Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. This is California's only state-sponsored awards program and it seeks to recognize those community-centered, grass-roots efforts going on throughout our state to preserve the places, stories, and traditions that are a part of our collective heritage. Click the links below to download the nomination forms and instructions. Nomination Deadline: April 14, 2020. 

2020 Read First!
2020 Awards Criteria

2020 Projects Nomination
2020 Individuals/Organizations/Agencies Nomination 

Ceremony and Reception Donors

The annual ceremony and reception honoring the Governor's Awards recipients is made possible each year through the generosity of our donors. Interested in being a donor? Please contact: Jenan Saunders, Deputy SHPO, at, or (916) 445-7000.

Visit our Donors page for details about the following 2018 sponsors:  

  • California Preservation Foundation
  • Save Our Heritage Organisation
  • Society for California Archaeology