The Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Program

Awards Program LogoEstablished in 1986, the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards is California's only state-sponsored awards program and seeks to recognize community-centered, often grass-roots efforts going on throughout California to preserve our collective heritage. The 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 outstanding achievements in historic preservation.   

Awards Background & Criteria


2022 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

The nomination period for the 2022 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted nominations! We look forward to announcing the award recipients later this year. In the meantime, we invite you to consider submitting a nomination for the 2023 awards. Nomination forms and instructions are now available and posted below. 

2023 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Nomination Forms

2023 Read First
2023 Award Categories and Criteria
2023 Nomination Form-Projects, Programs
2023 Nomination Form-Individuals, Organizations, Agencies
Nomination deadline is May 8, 2023.


2021 Awards Presentation

Awards for the 2021 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards were presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, in Sacramento. Congratulations to all of the deserving recipients! You can view the ceremony video on our YouTube channel. To learn more about each of the awarded projects, click the links below:

Arts District Liberty Station
Beckman Instruments Administration Building
Guilford Hall-Penn Court
Paramount Theatre of the Arts Facade Restoration
Pacific Electric Railway Substation 14
The Spirit of Chicano Park
Unsung Heroes of Hearst Castle