Friday, November 2, 2018

California Preservation Foundation: President's Award 2018 presented to Historic Wintersburg

ABOVE: A page from the program for the California Preservation Awards, held at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on October 19. One of the three President's Awards was presented to Historic Wintersburg author and preservation chair, Mary Adams Urashima. (October 19, 2018) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

   The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. 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.

RIGHT: An historical overview on the century of Japanese American history and the present-day community effort to save and preserve National Treasure Historic Wintersburg was presented at the annual California Preservation Awards 2018. (Photo, Barbara Haynes, October 19, 2018) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

   The The California Preservation Foundation’s mandate not only focuses on educating and advocating for the protection of California's architectural icons and transcendental cultural landscapes, the Foundation honors and celebrates "the places that matter most to Californians".

   For over four decades, the California Preservation Foundation has advocated for California's unique heritage sites and assisted community preservation efforts.  The Foundation now represents a network of over 15,000 preservation professionals, advocates, and supporters of heritage preservation.  The Foundation's annual conference is annual conference is the West Coast’s largest and most respected, drawing upwards of 500 attendees collaborating on innovative preservation programs and projects.

   The fulled printed magazine for the California Preservation Awards highlights the 2018 award winners for the President's Award and the Preservation Design Award Winners.

LEFT: Author, historian, and preservationist, Mary Adams Urashima receives the California Preservation Foundation President's Award for the multi-year advocacy for preservation of National Treasure Historic Wintersburg as a permanent heritage site. Watch a short video of Mary's remarks on the Historic Wintersburg Facebook page (courtesy of Nancy Oda).  Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, California, is one of the last remaining Japanese-owned properties from early 20th Century pioneer era and remains an endangered California heritage site threatened with demolition and development.  (Photo, Barbara Haynes, October 19, 2018) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

   Our thanks to the California Preservation Foundation for their recognition of the historic significance and community-based effort to save the unique and inspiring history embodied by the Furuta Gold Fish Farm and Wintersburg Japanese Mission at Historic Wintersburg.

   Learn more about Historic Wintersburg on our National Treasure web page with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Named one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2014 by the National Trust, Historic Wintersburg also was named one of Orange County's Most Endangered by Preserve Orange County in 2017.

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