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2013 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

The Office of Historic Preservation, on behalf of Governor Brown, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. As in years past, there was strong competition for the awards and it was difficult deciding from amongst the many worthwhile nominations that were submitted. Congratulations to all of the awardees and thank you for your efforts on behalf of California's heritage!

2013 Award Recipients


Alice Carey began her career in the 1970s when she established the country's first all-female contracting company. A decade later, she established Carey & Company, Inc., one of the first woman-owned architectural practices specializing in historic preservation. Projects included the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco City Hall, the State Library and Courts Building in Sacramento, Oakland City Hall, and the Marin Civic Center. Outside of her architecture practice, Ms. Carey was passionate about her involvement in the preservation community where she advocated for the continued use of historic resources, and served on the board of numerous historical organizations. Alice Carey remained a respected and inspiring presence in the field of historic preservation right up to her death on July 27, 2013, at the age of 64.

Christy McAvoy made historic preservation the center of her volunteer and professional life for over three decades. From grass roots advocacy in Los Angeles, to national policy initiatives including nine years as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ms. McAvoy's contributions to preservation extend statewide and beyond. Her projects have received National Trust Honor Awards, California Preservation Foundation Awards, and Los Angeles Conservancy Design Awards. Ms. McAvoy's efforts on behalf of historic preservation have helped build awareness about the value and importance of historical and cultural resources.


Tribal Historic Preservation Committee of the United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria
(UAIC), a federally recognized tribe, pioneered innovative methods of applying state and federal laws and programs to protect cultural resources with a focus on increasing public awareness of Native peoples and places and making these cultural resources available to contemporary Native communities. The Tribal Historic Preservation Committee developed a Tribal historic preservation plan, organized outreach activities, and hosted a tribal summit on Professional Standards and Government Consultation, all with the purpose of furthering the protection and appreciation of cultural resources and traditions.

The Whittier Conservancy arose when a group of citizens organized to save the historic Uptown district of Whittier from incompatible development following the 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake. Today, the Conservancy is a leading advocate of adaptive reuse and sustainable development as well as a repository for historic preservation information in the community. It is a volunteer, non-profit group of civic-minded individuals dedicated to community activism, informing the public and local officials about the need to respect and honor historic structures, neighborhood integrity, and the natural environment.


The Chicano Park Mural Restoration Project preserved and enhanced 20 outdoor murals that are recognized at the national, state, and local levels as historical, cultural, and socio-political public art. Chicano Park is distinguished by these 40-year-old murals that depict colorful images of pre-Columbian gods, botanical elements, animal imagery, revolutionary struggles, and spiritual symbolism. The project represented a successful collaboration between state (Caltrans District 11), business (Ghirardelli Associates), and community (Chicano Park Steering Committee and mural artists) to preserve a site of great value to the community in which it exists.

Kelly Cullen Community, owned by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, is the successful outcome of an innovative adaptive reuse of San Francisco's 1910 landmark Central YMCA building. The scope of the rehabilitation included extensive exterior work, including repairs to original windows, and reconstruction of the main entry and ground floor storefronts. The project also involved a substantial evolution of the interior, yet succeeded in retaining all the highly significant spaces, and reflects in its new use the spirit of social focus of the original building. Kelly Cullen Community provides supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals and a LEED Gold wellness clinic for homeless and Tenderloin residents.

The Bancroft Rock House Rehabilitation Project was undertaken by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, to rehabilitate the 19th century house built by Hubert Howe Bancroft and used by the author to complete his epic history of California. The project encompassed more than the initial aim of preserving a historically important structure. The house sits upon the former site of the Meti village of the Kumeyaay tribe. During the rehabilitation project, innovative building techniques and practices were developed that allowed work to go forward without disturbing any of the sacred, native soil. The Bancroft House now stands as a symbol of the local community's commitment to preserve and celebrate their diverse cultural heritage.

The Huntington Japanese Garden and House at the Huntington Library attained significance as a historic resource with a unique story illustrating the adaptation, influence and exquisite beauty of Japanese culture in California. The House retains its original form, as well as its relationship to the surrounding garden context. This project revealed a cross-cultural masterwork, a hybrid of Japanese design and regional construction techniques of the early 20th century. The garden, one of the oldest Japanese-style gardens open to the public in North America, has been an anchor and a resource for the local community for more than 100 years.

The Ford Assembly Building originally was part of Ford Motor Company's largest operation west of the Mississippi. During World War II, women workers--"Rosie the Riveters"--made their mark at the Ford Assembly Building, assembling thousands of jeeps and other military vehicles. The City of Richmond acquired the building in 2004, and with Orton Development, transformed the abandoned and earthquake damaged building into a "green" center for business and civic activities, while retaining, salvaging, and restoring the building's overall historic structure and character. New jobs and civic pride are the result of the rehabilitated Ford building.

The Twin Peaks Tavern Article 10 Landmark Designation originated as a community-suggested site as part of the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission's Work Program in June 2011. Significant public outreach was a cornerstone of the designation report's development, and included "History Happy Hours" at the bar where past and present patrons and owners could share their stories about the Tavern. The designation is noteworthy as the property maintains it historic use and stands as an officially recognized San Francisco landmark significant for its contribution to the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered society and culture.

Case Study House Program of Arts & Architecture Magazine was one of the most significant efforts at designing and building experimental residential housing ever attempted in the United States. From 1945 to 1966, plans for 35 houses and one apartment were published and 25 built. Some of the most significant architects of the Modern Movement were selected including Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, and Gregory Ain. In 2002, the Modern Committee of Los Angeles Conservancy wishing to preserve the historic integrity of the homes, formed a Nomination Project Team to get the homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Eleven years later, eleven of the homes have been successfully nominated, all of which are being forwarded to the National Park Service for National Register consideration and ten for listing. The project raised public awareness and appreciation for these important homes and their architects.