Preserve Orange County was founded in 2016 by a group of county residents who identified a need for a central organization concerned with historic preservation in the whole county. As a nonprofit membership organization, our mission is to work through education and advocacy to promote conservation of our county’s architectural and cultural heritage. We believe that historic resources are essential to maintaining and improving the livability, diversity, sustainability and economic vitality of our communities. Our goal is to strengthen the work of local activists and volunteers with county-wide support, and increase awareness throughout the county of our shared built heritage.   

Preserve Orange County is a nonprofit corporation in the state of California as of December 30, 2016. Our tax exempt status is to be sought and confirmed in accordance with Internal Revenue Code regulations. 

(Photo of "Arden," the Helena Modjeska Historic House and Garden (1888), Modjeska Canyon)

Interview with Preserve Orange Countyboard member, Tim Rush, March 2017. Courtesy of Larry Saavedra.