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San Diego County's Rural Adobe
    Heritage and Preservation 
      May 2, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Tour the highlights of San Diego’s unique extant adobe vernacular rural Architecture. This is an opportunity to see the original rural San Diego by visiting the Johnson-Taylor Ranch, Los Peñasquitos - 1824; Sikes Adobe Farmstead - 1872; and The Ranch House and Barn at Warner’s Ranch - 1856. These award winning projects are all interpreted house museums representing Restoration, Preservation and Reconstruction as interpreted by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. Participants will see a demonstration of adobe construction; gain insight on correct material blend, formation, block laying, mud plaster, and seismic retrofitting. The hands-on, real-time non-destructive evaluation demonstration will include the use of Infrared Thermal Imaging, Ground Penetrating Radar and Metal Detection to identify areas of voiding, embedded structure and more within the adobe walls. In addition, the demonstrations will  include one of the latest developments in immersive, virtual reality-style photo panoramas. Participants will have the opportunity to put on a virtual reality headset and view themselves in one of the tour locations.  Learn the unique details of each project and enjoy a back country lunch and the famous Julian apple pie.


This tour is a joint event with the California Preservation Foundation as part of their annual conference in San Diego. The cost of the tour is $110. To reserve, go to the CPF Conference website and select Events and Tours only, or if attending the conference, consider adding this tour to your itinerary!


This tour is worth  7 AIA-HSW Learning Credits.



 2015 Annual Meeting


S a c r a m e n t o 


Saturday March 21st


WCAPT had its 2015 Annual Meeting in Sacramento! In addition to the Annual Meeting, two tours were offered:


A rare tour of the Gladding McBean terra cotta factory in Lincoln was conducted, which was operational and staffed with artisans just for this tour. A bus provided transportation.


The Sacramento Valley Station is currently under renovation. An in-depth presentation of the structural, functional and ornamental work, followed by a hard hat tour of the station itself was shown to a very interested group.


Those who were unable to attend can see the progress of the tours with our live feed from our Facebook Page; 'like' it and see the virtual tours at www.facebook.com/WCAPT !



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Please renew today to help us support our mission.

WCAPT continues to present best practices to the practicing preservation professional, encourage student involvement and integration into the professions, employ the latest internet and social media tools to maintain communications, bring craftspeople and designers together to share our knowledge, and expand our service to the western region we represent.

PayPal is our payment provider. PayPal accepts credit card payments without a PayPal account at their secure website. If you want to pay by check, please mail the check to Mark Huck, WCAPT Membership, 1430 T Street, Sacramento CA 95811 and it will be processed promptly. You will receive an email confirmation of membership.


APTI members are discounted 33%! Join at the APTI Discount membership level or edit your member profile by selecting the APTI Discount level from the drop-down menu.


Memberships are automatically prorated throughout the membership calendar year so there is no penalty for joining between renewal periods.

The Western Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (WCAPT) is a not-for-profit educational association promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge concerning the conservation of historic resources and the application of preservation technology.
This Chapter of the APTI is intended to serve the needs of interested persons in the Western United States, including but not limited to, California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Our Mission
Promoting the study, conservation and rehabilitation of cultural resources through technology.
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WCAPT has recently initiated a membership annual renewal period to coincide with APT International, from July 1 to June 30, to encourage membership in both.  To further encourage membership in APTI, a 33% discount is applied to WCAPT membership for APTI members. WCAPT is the only APT chapter to apply this discount.


Join WCAPT any time: membership is prorated as the year progresses so you never pay for  a full year prior to the start of a new member year.


Student membership is free to encourage peer mentorship and to grow the profession.


A new class of membership, Corporate, aids in the financial security of the Chapter.  There are several benefits to Corporate membership in WCAPT: the member company has prominent promotional placement at events and in printed promotional material; discounted or complementary admission to events; prominent placement in the Member Directory.


Sponsor level membership admits three representatives of the organization or firm as members, while Patron level membership admits six representatives as members.


Click on the "Membership" tab at the top of the page to select an individual , student or corporate membership.


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2014 WCAPT Brochure


P a r t n e r E v e n t s





Join OHA for a special tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Buehler House, including a pre-lecture from Alan Hess on May 5th.  For more information go to the OHA web page.


Reno NV Post Office Restoration


May 2, 2015, 1 pm - 3 pm:  Reno Nevada former Post Office tour is offered by the Nevada Architectural History Alliance. Registration is free but RSVP the Alliance at www.Nevada-aha.org.  To view an orientation of the restoration, visit:

Reno Post Office Renovation

2015 California Preservation Foundation Conference, San Diego


April 28 -May 2, 2015: Join CPF in San Diego at their 2015 conference. More information can be found at 2015 CPF Conference.


MAY 13 - 15

The goal of the Conference is to bring together preservationists from around Arizona to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues and to foster cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation communities.


For more information go to www.azpreservation.com.







Joint Presentation by WCAPT and APTI Documentation Technical Committee


In this intensive day-long session all cutting-edge technologies for the non-destructive evaluation of the built environment at all scales will be explored and analyzed.


Register at www.usc.edu/programs/summer/hc.



Bradbury & Bradbury Wallpapers Tour




This tour of Bradbury & Bradbury Wallpapers in Benicia on the morning of Wednesday April 22nd focused on wallpaper hand production and the manufacturing  processes: artwork, screen preparation, and color mixing.  Samples on the walls were reviewed in the context of schools of design and Victorian trends. 


A wealth of information was packed into this efficient one hour orientation to Bradbury & Bradbury Wallpapers, given by our knowledgeable tour guide Burt.  Thanks to Burt and the entire staff at Bradbury & Bradbury Wallpapers for this informative and fun inside tour!


To view photos and commentary of the entire tour, visit our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/WCAPT.



 Hibernia Bank Happy Hour
at The HALL, 1028 Market


WCAPT had a very successful Happy Hourafter the Hibernia tour located in the historic Hollywood Billiards building (constructed in 1907), which is now a local SF food pop-up in the rapidly changing Mid-Market area of the city. THE HALL supports local SF Food purveyors that source sustainable ingredients from the SF Bay Watershed.



Hibernia Bank Tour April 2nd San Francisco



WCAPT examined the current seismic retrofit using center-coring and steel plate shear wall systems at a capacity tour April 2nd. The history of the building was reviewed as the mostly intact ornate interiors not typically accessed by the public was toured. This was a good opportunity to visit this highly visible bank in San Francisco! Thank you Nigel Black, Jonathan Pearlman, Terry Paret, and Christopher VerPlanck for a wonderful tour of the Hibernia Bank!


A second tour is planned in May for those unable to attend this tour, to be announced.






About APTI

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is a cross - disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Membership in APT provides exceptional opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, craftspersons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The international, interdisciplinary character of APT - with its outstanding publications, conferences, training courses, awards, student scholarships, regional chapters, and technical committees - makes it the premier worldwide network for anyone involved in the field of historic preservation.


To help promote APTI when giving presentations, APTI has developed some informational PowerPoint slides to add to your PowerPoint presentation. Download the PowerPoint images and a suggested script below.







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