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, historic resource management, public history, and architecture. We work with individuals and groups to advance a vision of urban development that integrates economic growth with conservation.

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


Jason Foo (Huntington Beach), Research and Writing

Valerie Smith (Playa Vista), Photography

Lisa Hallett Taylor (Laguna Niguel), Social Media

Miha Tomuta, Membership and Events

The banner photograph above is of the restored ranch living quarters at the Irvine Ranch Historic Park, Irvine.