Not only is Orange County historic but it has a unique history of habitation and development the evidence of which we see every day as residents. The past- especially the “recent past” of the mid-to late twentieth century- is evident on our main streets, in our neighborhoods and parks, and even in our business parks. Preserve Orange County was established to bring attention to the full value of our county’s historic built environment. We recognize that history has many points of view and that buildings can be vehicles for a more comprehensive understanding of the past.

As the board of Preserve Orange County we have expertise in preservation law, community organizing, city planning, public history, and architecture. We work with groups that share our vision of urban development that supports the compatibility of economic growth with conservation strategies such as the adaptive reuse of the buildings and structures that are tangible reminders of the past.

Board of Directors

Phil Bacerra (Santa Ana), Land-Use Consultant

Don Dooley (Aliso Viejo), City Planner and Historic Resources Manager

Alan Hess (Irvine), Architect and Architectural Historian

Robert Imboden (Orange), Historic Resources Consultant

Bill Kroener (Newport Beach), Attorney

Christy Ko Kim (Foothill Ranch), Architect

Krista Nicholds (San Juan Capistrano), Historic Resources Specialist

Deborah Rosenthal (Tustin), Urban Planner and Attorney

Tim Rush (Santa Ana), Business Executive and Historian


Lisa Hallett Taylor (Laguna Niguel), Social Media

Miha Tomuta, Membership and Events

Valerie Smith (Playa Vista), Photography

(Header photo of ranch living quarters at the Irvine Ranch Historic Park, Irvine)