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. The western chapter of the APTI seeks to serve the needs of interested persons in the Western United States, including but not limited to, California, Nevada, and Arizona.

The WCAPT MISSION: Promoting the study, conservation and rehabilitation of cultural resources through technology.

    Upcoming Events!

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Market Street Railway Mural

Tour & Happy Hour
   This Wednesday, October 18th
6 PM (tour) / 7:15 PM (happy hour)

WCAPT is hosting a special tour this week of the Market Street Railway Mural project in San Francisco! A one time opportunity to see and hear about the project from the San Francisco artist herself and wall paintings conservator Kiernan Graves of the Getty Conservation Institute leading the conservation work. 

The mural is currently undergoing a full conservation treatment program from documentation to hands-on treatment addressing surface deterioration caused by general weathering and environmental conditions, as well as coating failures. The tour will also discuss vandalism and maintenance of exterior murals. 

Then join everyone afterwards for Happy Hour at nearby Blackbird! (Happy Hour is free and does not require an RSVP.)

Location: 300 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Space limited ~ Register Today!
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$5 Members / $10 General


Help us spread the word!
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To learn more about the project, visit:
Save & Conserve the Market Street Railway Mural

Partner Event

AIA Central Valley
Experience Architecture 9/20 - 9/24

Architecture is both an art and a science, and embodies the past and the present. Learn how all intersect to create Sacramento's vibrant urban environment during the annual AIA Central Valley’s Experience Architecture, September 20-24. Check out all the unique and fun tours and events planned this year! Register for all events at http://aiacv.org/exparch/ .

Historic architecture is again represented this year with several events. Highlights include:

Pre-Event: Preservation Sacramento Alkali Flat

Preservation Sacramento's annual Home Tour, held this year in Alkali Flat, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Sacramento. The event is Sunday September 17th from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets and information are at http://www.preservationsacramento.org/hometour/.

Design|Access Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the region’s most iconic buildings Thursday September 21st and Friday the 22nd. Buildings both untouched by time and adaptively reused and more, not normally accessible, are open to visit! Attendees may access 11 buildings during the two-day tour. The event is free but register to receive the descriptive Participant Guide.

Walking Tour

Experience an informative walking tour of downtown Sacramento’s buildings, many designed or restored by AIACV Chapter members. Explore Sacramento with an emphasis on the region’s rich historic architecture, land use and urban form, potential future new construction and adaptive reuse. Tour includes a stop at Ambrosia Cafe for refreshments. Led by local historian William Burg. Register now to receive a guide map and more information. Saturday September 23rd 10 am.

Bike tour

The most popular AIA CV Experience Architecture event is back! Take a leisurely 8-mile ride through Sacramento and explore sites such as the new Sacramento Republic arena site, the Golden 1 Center, and more. Sunday September 24th, 10 am - 2 pm.

 Membership Renewal

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.

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

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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.


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.




RICS SoCal Chapter Offers
Evening Seminar on Augmented Reality
   Thursday September 28th 6 - 8 PM.

WCAPT members are invited to attend a free event presented by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 

"New Realities Technologies for the Real Estate" is a presentation by Fergus Bruce, Strategic Communications Manager of Soluis Group.

Fergus will introduce Soluis' technology, which is used to walk through and visualize complicated assets. He will showcase their pioneering use of VR/AR to visualize and promote massive new sports stadiums for the English Premier League. Rocketdyne, a local LA project where NASA developed and tested the Space Shuttle engines, was extensively surveyed, and the data generated used to create on and off site Virtual Reality portals of the history of the site as a condition of its development.

Venue: 523 W. 6th Street, Suite 1001, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Register: RICS/Eventbrite


Historic Decorative Metal Ceilings and Walls: Use, Repair, and Replacement  (20 pages. 25 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-16-093630-2)


Expanding the venerable series of technical documents, PB 49 discusses the history and manufacturing of decorative metal for ceiling and wall applications. It provides information on paint removal, maintenance, and repair; and includes guidance on replacement.

Available for download here: https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/preservedocs/preservation-briefs/49Preserve-Brief-DecorativeMetal.pdf


 Documentation Technologies

ALL-DAY Workshop Saturday, May 26, 2017 University of Southern California

A reprisal of the popular summer docu-day lectures. An exceptional workshop focused on documentation technologies from Measured Building Survey (MBS) and Non Destructive Evaluation tools to photogrammetry and HABS/HAER documentation. Mark your calendars for Saturday May 26, 2017.

Updated Seismic Retrofit Preservation Brief

The National Park Service has released an update of Preservation Brief #41 on Seismic Retrofit of historic buildings. The revised Brief contains expanded and updated information covering new technologies such as fiber wrap, as well as expanded graphic representations illustrating general issues and needs associated with the seismic rehabilitation of historic buildings. 

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Broadway Trade Center Downtown LA

Workshop | Tour | Reception

The Broadway Trade Center located at 801 Broadway was the site of the former Hamburger’s Department Store which opened in 1908. Designed by Alfred F. Rosenheim, this building was one of the first department stores to operate in Los Angeles. Now designated as a Los Angeles Cultural Monument, this building is being brought back to life in a dramatic way. We will hear about the exciting development from the architects, including how the 3D BIM model was generated of a million+ square foot property, and experience an exclusive hands-on workshop for window restoration and terra cotta repair followed by a tour. Reception immediately to follow. This a unique opportunity to witness a Beaux Arts era building being restored to its former grandeur.

Sponsored by Spectra, Chattel, Omgivning,

Mollenhauer and Waterbridge Capital.

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Mesa to Mountain:
Preservation in the American West

Salt Lake City, Utah  March 2017
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of APT is hosting a 2-day symposium titled "Mesa to Mountain: Preservation in the American West" in cooperation with the Northwest Chapter of APT, WCAPT and APT International. The symposium will include paper sessions, tours, and a keynote address! Paper sessions focused on three tracks focusing on Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings, Materials and Construction Techniques, and Cultural Resource Management.

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WCAPT Annual Meeting
February 24th 2017  
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA 

2017 Annual Meeting was held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. with a visit to GCI laboratories to hear about work by Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) Science, followed by presentations on two GCI Buildings and Sites programs - the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI) and the Earthen Architecture Initiative (EAI).

        Details: PAST EVENTS PAGE LINK


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Documentation Technology Workshop

Point Reyes National Seashore, CA February, 2017

APT Documentation Technologies & Vanishing Treasures Workshop

February  2017 at the Point Reyes National Seashore


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Masonry Repair &
Restoration Workshop

September 2016 at Stanford University 


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Weathering of Fiberglass
      Facsimiles Lecture
September, 2016


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Weekend Preservation Events
October 2016

Sacramento area members can enjoy all or any of the Central Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Experience Architecture Weekend.


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Monadnock Building
Rehabilitation Lecture & Tour
December, 2016

        Details: PAST EVENTS PAGE LINK  

                                                     WCAPT is now an AIA CES Provider.

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