Preservation Awards | Los Angeles Conservancy

Preservation Awards

Each year, we recognize large-scale projects, grassroots efforts, people, educational programs, and more at our annual Preservation Awards Luncheon. We honored the hard work of nine project teams at our annual Preservation Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Congratulations to the 2018 Preservation Award recipients!

Chair's Award

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Arts District
This flour mill-turned-arts center shows what’s possible in a rapidly changing Arts District.

Project Awards 

City of San Gabriel Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Ordinance Update, San Gabriel
The City of San Gabriel’s updated ordinance reflects a true commitment to its citizens and its rich history.

Freehand Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles
A long-neglected former office building was transformed into a vibrant hotel, connecting people to their past and each other.

Glendale Central Library, Glendale
A rehabilitation project embraced a 1973 Brutalist design, adapting it to meet the changing nature of libraries while respecting and reviving its historic character.

Lankershim Depot, North Hollywood
Closed for more than thirty years, one of the San Fernando Valley’s oldest buildings gained new life as a coffee shop.

Rose Bowl, Pasadena
The beloved stadium’s creative and sensitive rehabilitation proves the viability of historic sports venues, an increasingly endangered species.

Salkin House, Echo Park/Silvertop, Silver Lake (shared award)
Two designs by master architect John Lautner—a forgotten gem and a true icon—were brought back to life through decidated stewardship.

Starbucks (Gilmore Gas Station), Hollywood
This prime example of L.A.’s car culture once again serves as a fuel station.

About the Awards

Since 1982, the Conservancy has honored excellence in the field of historic preservation with our annual Preservation Awards. The awards are selected by an independent jury of experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development.

Award recipients range widely, from sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects, to groundbreaking advocacy and education efforts by individuals and groups.

Submissions come from throughout Los Angeles County and illustrate the value and power of historic preservation.

In addition to the project awards, the Conservancy bestows a special Chair's Award for exceptional contributions.

Past recipients of the Chair's Award include the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, architectural historians Esther McCoy and Robert W. Winter, and the Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) Movement.

Construction projects may be commercial, residential, or institutional. Historic landscape projects, as well as contributions to preservation education or program development, are also encouraged.

Past Award Recipients

Though hardly comprehensive, our website contains profiles of a number of past Preservation Award recipients