The Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Program

Awards Program LogoEstablished 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

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.

Important Update: Due to current COVID-19 safety protocols, and the challenges this may create in accessing materials or working with individuals to complete nomination packets, we are extending the deadline for the 2020 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations will be due on May 20, 2020. Nomination forms have been updated to reflect this new date, however we also will accept forms still reflecting the original due date.

2020 Read First!
2020 Awards Criteria

2020 Projects Nomination
2020 Individuals/Organizations/Agencies Nomination 

2019 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

On January 22, 2020, the Office of Historic Preservation and California State Parks had the pleasure of presenting the 2019 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards during a ceremony held in Sacramento. Five projects were recognized for their outstanding acheivements on behalf of preserving California's heritage. Congratulations to all of the award recipients! Please click on the links below to learn more about each of these outstanding achievements. Images from the ceremony can be viewed on our Flickr page, and a video of the ceremony is available on our YouTube site.

2019 Award Recipients

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