Preserve Orange County Officially Launched at Hilbert Museum
In one of the country's largest National Register Historic Districts, Preserve Orange County hosted its first official launch party on November 3rd at the Hilbert Museum of California Art in Old Town Orange. Over 120 preservationists from across the county attended the cocktail reception and presentation by Alan Hess, Architectural Historian and author of numerous books including Julius Shulman: Palm Springs, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses, and Google Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture. Alan addressed the question, "why preserve Orange County?" by highlighting historic places in the county that make it unique. Orange Mayor, Tita Smith, also spoke upon accepting a commendation on behalf of the city. She described early fights between the city and residents to save historic buildings in Orange.