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2024 California Preservation Conference

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles | May
29 - June 1, 20

Above Image Courtesy Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Join us at the 2024 California Preservation Conference in Downtown Los Angeles

 On-site in Los Angeles | Wed. - Sat., May 29 - June 1, 2024

Heritage conservation and preservation advocacy play a key role in important and pressing societal challenges, including housing, sustainability, community cohesion, and economic development. Through five tracks, and our special focus theme, "Loving Los Angeles," we will learn why Los Angeles is a preservation powher-house and the nation's leader in adaptive reuse. Programs include:
  • Over 40 in-classroom sessions and off-site tours and mobile workshops
  • All Education Sessions are approved for continuing education units through the AIA, AICP and Certified Local Government program
Network with friends and colleagues at special events and mixers
  • Opening Reception (5/29) at the Julia Morgan-designed Herald Examiner Building
  • Emerging Professionals Mixer (5/29) at Cole's French Dip - a Los Angeles Monument & Legacy Bar
  • President’s Circle Reception (5/30) – At the Art Deco wonder of the Oviatt Building
Celebrate the best in California Preservation
  • 2024 California Preservation Awards Reception & Ceremony (5/31) at the Gold and Emerald ballrooms of the Millenium Biltmore Hotel
Register today!

Conference Tracks

Documentation & Preservation Technology

Overcoming technical challenges using the latest and best practices in preservation, including special focused sessions that fulfill HSW (Health Safety Welfare) requirements for architects and address structural, fire safety, technical surveying methods, and more. 

Adapting Historic Places to the Future

Using creativity to move preservation in new directions. How can archaic uses or building typologies be adapted to contemporary needs? Experts will provide case examples that demonstrate how design for adaptive reuse - and how we can create inspiring spaces from long-loved landmarks. 

Engagement, Interpretation, Innovation

Important activities that surround the brick-and-mortar side of preservation, including community outreach and engagement, historic site interpretation and storytelling, and innovative methods for communicating the important role of history in our daily lives.

Local Planning Toolkit

Important methods, tools, or case examples for practicing preservation professionals, including preservation ordinances, incentive programs, CEQA processes, community engagement strategies, unique preservation planning scenarios, and more.


Expert-led training and case examples drawn from historic preservation practice for the retention and adaptive reuse of historic structures for housing, both market rate and affordable.
Register today!

Keynote Speaker

We're excited to announce our keynote speaker, Steve Mouzon, co-founder of the Urban Guild, author of The Original Green and skeptical critic of the YIMBY-NIMBY dichotomy

Mr. Mouzon has led or contributed to many advances in sustainable place-making and building design. His Katrina Cottage VIII was awarded a Charter Award by the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Conference Volunteers Needed

The California Preservation Foundation needs individuals to volunteer at the 47th Annual California Preservation Conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, May 29th – June 1st, 2024. Volunteers receive complimentary attendance at conference programs and access to some special events and study tours. This is an excellent opportunity for people to experience the conference if they're unable to purchase a conference ticket themselves.

Submit a Conference Volunteer Application

Hotel Information and Discounts

The Conference Hotel is the Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles. We have reserved room blocks available at discounted rates for all conference attendees. Room reservations required.

You may make your reservations any time, either online, or by calling 213-612-1575. Mention the California Preservation Conference or the group discount code of 2405PRESERVE. If you book online, select your room from this page, and then enter the 2405PRESERVE code under Codes & Options -> Group Code. You must book by Friday, May 3, 2024 and identify yourself as part of the Group.

Featured Conference Programs

For a full listing and calendar of events, visit our conference page.


San Gabriel (bus provided)
May 30th, 2024 | 10:40 AM - 1:30 PM

Through the Flames- Restoring Mission San Gabriel

The San Gabriel Mission suffered a devastating fire.  The availability of documentation, analysis of paint layers, materials and archaeology allowed the team to faithfully restore the Mission.  This onsite program will include an tour as well as a comprehensive preservation perspective through presentations from the historic architects, structural engineer, conservator and preservation contractor. 


Los Angeles (bus provided) 
May 29, 2024 | 9 AM - 12:30 PM

The Eames House: A Case Study in Site Conservation and Management

Experience the Eames House (Case Study House no. 8), the home and studio designed and inhabited by Charles and Ray Eames, one of the most important design teams of the 20th century. On this visit, you will get an up-close look into the Eames's lives and work and will learn about the site's history and significance. You will also learn about ongoing efforts to conserve and manage this complex site's building fabric, collections, landscape, and intangible values.  


Above (top): Mission San Gabriel. Courtesy Spectra Company
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