38th Annual California Preservation Awards


The Los Angeles Union Station will be presented with a prestigious award at the 38th Annual California Preservation Awards. All winning projects and teams will be formally recognized during a free, online ceremony to be scheduled for October 2021. The jury selected 20 winners this year, each highlighting innovative approaches to preservation: restoring the brilliance of the classic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, creating low-income housing and community spaces in a former funeral home, matching pets with people at a San Francisco animal shelter in a rehabilitated 1893 warehouse, and mapping projects and books that bring the historic architecture of California to life. The annual California Preservation Awards recognizes significant achievements in architecture, history, design, and engineering, and showcases the leading people and patrons who make it all possible. The Board of Trustees of the California Preservation Foundation congratulate the teams behind each winning project and thank them for their important contributions to preservation.

Project Description
Los Angeles Union Station serves almost 110,000 passengers a day and is by far the busiest station in the Western US and the 12th busiest in the country. The station was suffering from deferred maintenance, had an outdated infrastructure, and needed to create a safe and clean environment for the ever-expanding traveling public. Major capital improvement and restoration projects began in 2013 and continue today. Our work encompassed the restoration and conservation of the 11,200 square-foot Grand Waiting Room, the 16,800 square-foot Ticketing Concourse, and the Entry Vestibule. The scope of work for this project was extensive. It included metal, wood, and soapstone restoration, restoration of the waiting room seating and information booth, restoration of the polished concrete passageway floor, and decorative paint and finishes restoration of all three areas to ultimately bring the interior and exterior back to their original brilliance.

The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.  This year’s program includes a month of live conversations and experiences scheduled throughout October, featuring some of the most talented professionals and leaders in history, historic preservation, and architectural design.

DATE: Thursday, October 21, 2021

TIME: 6:00 – 7 :30 PM PST

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required, click here. All programs are FREE and open to the public. Donations to CPF are encouraged.