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Preservation Awards

The Los Angeles Conservancy is proud to recognize outstanding historic preservation efforts in Los Angeles County! 

The 2020 and 2021 Preservation Awards were held in October 2021 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
2021 Preservation Award Recipients 

CHAIR’S AWARD

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
This ambitious renovation of one of L.A.’s most iconic buildings successfully kept its character, shape, and feel intact while ensuring the landmark will continue to serve the community well into the future.

MEDIA AWARD

City of Ghosts
This six-episode animated series celebrates the people and places of L.A.’s diverse, historic neighborhoods through the eyes of children, helping tell the full story about L.A. history from multiple perspectives.

PROJECT AWARDS

Altadena African-American Historic Resources Survey
This survey, the first historic context statement focused on Black history in Altadena, is an integral step in creating a clearer and easier process for designating resources important to the community.

Angelus Funeral Home/Paul R. Williams Apartments
Designed by Paul R. Williams, this 1932 funeral home was thoughtfully rehabilitated into management offices and living spaces for a new affordable housing apartment complex.

Friends Of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles
Also known as FORT L.A. Trails, this program promotes civic pride and cultural engagement by exploring L.A. history through residential architecture.

Hotel Figueroa
Using the hotel’s original 1926 design as the foundation, this beautiful restoration honors the building’s roots in women’s history while contributing to downtown L.A.’s ongoing revitalization.

Larchmont Charter School at Lafayette Park
By adapting a Modern style professional building into a 400-student charter school, this project offers a model for bringing needed facilities into a neighborhood while respecting and building upon history.

Santa Monica Proper Hotel
This project, which rehabilitated and restored a historic professional building while constructing a compatible modern structure, is an excellent example of how possible it is to build anew while preserving the old.

2020 Preservation Award Recipients
CHAIR’S AWARD
 
Gardner Street Women’s Bridge Housing Center
In the middle of a homelessness crisis, this project serves as a noteworthy example of how underused historic buildings can serve an essential new purpose.
 
ROYCE NEUSCHATZ AWARD FOR HISTORIC LANDSCAPES
 
Beverly Gardens Park
This project thoughtfully restored a beloved century-old city park, preserving its original pioneering design, while making it environmentally sustainable and adding modern infrastructure and design features to meet changing community needs. 
 
PROJECT AWARDS
 
County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Cultural Resource Assessment
This survey helps guide future projects in L.A. County Parks properties, ensuring that some of L.A.’s most accessible historic resources are preserved. 
 
Formosa Café 
This ambitious rehabilitation project revives a glamorous Hollywood landmark to its original splendor and honors its cultural heritage and identity.
 
The Glendale Historical Society
A successful grassroots effort to save a historic home in the City of Glendale forty years ago is now a celebrated nonprofit helping to preserve its community’s rich and diverse history and architectural heritage. 
 
NoMad Los Angeles
After years of neglect, a painstaking rehabilitation project transformed this former bank building into a hotel and returned it to its former grandeur.
 
Robert Frost Auditorium 
This project brought Culver City High School’s iconic performing arts facility into the twenty-first century while respecting its historic architecture, enabling it to continue inspiring students.
 
Warner Music Group Headquarters
This remarkable adaptive reuse project restored the historic integrity of a former Ford Model T showroom and factory and turned it into an inspiring creative office and retail space. 
 

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 Vibiana|Redbird, Google Playa Vista, and the Asian Americans in Los Angeles Historic Context Statements.

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