Preservation Workshop in Partnership with California Preservation Foundation
Thursday, February 8, 2018- Preserve Orange County and the state advocacy group, the California Preservation Foundation, hosted "The Preservationist Toolkit" at the Mission San Juan Capistrano on February 8, 2018. Over thirty residents, city planners, and preservation advocates from throughout the region gathered for the day-long workshop. Historic resource professionals from area firms made up the panel as well as our own board members, Deborah Rosenthal and Don Dooley. Topics covered included the California Environmental Quality Act, preservation technology and design, the Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines, historic resources surveys, multi-media and preservation advocacy, and the role of local government.
LA Times Article Recognizes Preserve Orange County
Thursday, November 16, 2017- The Los Angeles Times describes the work of Preserve Orange County, and highlights the endangered status of the Killefer School and Historic Wintersburg. Click here for the article.
City of Orange Receives Commendation from Preserve Orange County
Friday, November 3, 2017- A part of our program to recognize the leadership of cities, organizations and individuals on county preservation issues, Preserve Orange County awarded a commendation to the City of Orange on November 3rd. In Orange, early community activism jumpstarted a commitment to preservation that is now shared by city government. The city embarked on its first survey of historic resources in 1982, and undertook an update in 1992. The Old Town Historic District was established soon after. The city uses Design Standards to guide the rehabilitation of buildings in Old Town, and is establishing new standards for the three mid-century housing tracts developed by Joseph Eichler, now being considered for both local and national designation. The city has a full-time, dedicated Historic Preservation Planner, and also participates generously in the Mills Act program, with over 200 properties now benefiting from this valuable tax-abatement program.
Preserve Orange County Officially Launched at Hilbert Museum
Friday, November 3, 2017- 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.