San Gabriel receives another historic preservation design award

Long time readers are aware of the City’s new preservation ordinance that was passed last year protects and preserves San Gabriel’s history, allowing the community to preserve its unique character. Continuing on the momentum built earlier this year, the City’s historic preservation ordinance has received another award – this time from the California Preservation Foundation.

Per their news release, recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, engineering and history:

The City of San Gabriel Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Ordinance Update will be presented with the prestigious Preservation Design Award for Cultural Resource Studies at the 2018 California Preservation Awards.

The California Preservation Awards showcase the best in historic preservation, recognizing significant achievements in architecture, history, design, and engineering. The City of San Gabriel Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Ordinance Update is an excellent example of this, and an important contribution to the preservation of our state’s rich and diverse historic resources.

Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. In making their decision, the jury stated: “This is an excellent policy document. Terrific! This ordinance represents real progress, and serves as a model for other projects.”

Debi Howell-Ardila, MHP, lead preservation specialist and principal author: “We are thrilled to receive this honor from the California Preservation Foundation. San Gabriel has such a rich history, with so much great architecture, cohesive neighborhoods, and cultural resources. This ordinance will allow the city to proactively identify, manage and preserve resources that reflect this heritage. It was an honor to be part of the project.”

The Award will be presented on Friday, October 19, 2018 at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards. Funds raised at the California Preservation Awards provide crucial support for CPF’s work year round.

CPF exists to ensure that the rich diversity of California’s historic resources are identified, protected and celebrated for their history and for their valuable role in California’s economy, environment and quality of life. Incorporated in 1978, CPF has grown from a small band of advocates to a statewide network of more than 15,000 members and supporters. CPF is a leader in preservation education and advocacy, responding to hundreds of requests for assistance and training more than 1,500 people each year.

Earlier this year, the City had also received a project award from L.A. Conservancy for its historic ordinance. Congratulations to our team at Community Development for their well-deserved award!