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SurveyLA Wins State, National Preservation Awards

SurveyLA, the Office of Historic Resources’ Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey Project, has been honored with two major awards: the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award and the California Preservation Foundation’s President’s Award.  Both awards recognize the totality of SurveyLA as a decade-long initiative, completed earlier this year, to document Los Angeles’ significant historic resources.

SurveyLA was made possible through a partnership with the J. Paul Getty, which included a $2.5 million matching grant agreement with the Getty Foundation and significant technical assistance from the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

The Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Award was presented at a November 15, 2017 ceremony during PastForward, the National Preservation Conference, in Chicago. SurveyLA is one of only three preservation projects nationally to receive this honor, joining rehabilitation projects in Seattle, Washington and Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

















Presentation of the the Driehaus Preservation Award in Chicago, November 15, 2017.  From left, Vance Kelley, Former Chair, National Trust of Historic Preservation Advisors; Richard H. Driehaus, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; Stephanie K. Meeks, President and CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Ken Bernstein, Office of Historic Resources; Janet Hansen, Office of Historic Resources; Alison Dalgity, Getty Conservation Institute; Annabel Enriquez, Getty Conservation Institute; Photo Credit: David Keith Photography


The Fall 2017 issue of Preservation magazine included a spotlight article on SurveyLA and the award. The article noted that the project “surveyed more than 880,000 parcels of land across 500 square miles of Los Angeles, making it the largest survey of its kind ever conducted in the United States. It uncovered a host of resources of architectural, historical, and cultural importance – from houses, churches, and theaters to bridges, coffee shops, air-raid sirens, and car washes.” The project is also being recognized for its community-driven process and its creation, in collaboration of the GCI, of “the country’s most advanced digital historic resources inventory and management system, HistoricPlacesLA.”

SurveyLA also received the California Preservation Foundation's highest honor, its President's Award, at the CPF Preservation Design Awards ceremony, held in San Francisco on October 13, 2017. It joined two other President’s Awards winners statewide – Charles Loveman, President and CEO of Heritage Housing Partners in Pasadena and the Salk Architecture Conservation Program of La Jolla’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies – as well as Christy Johnson McAvoy, founding Principal of Historic Resources Group, who received CPF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

















Several participants in SurveyLA joined OHR staff in accepting the CPF President's Award: from left to right, Ken Bernstein, Matthew Dillhoefer, Sara Lardinois, CPF President Andrea Galvin, Carrie Chasteen, Katie Horak, Janet Hansen, Teresa Grimes, Christine Lazzaretto, Christy McAvoy, and Paul Travis


CPF’s printed awards program concluded, “The completion of SurveyLA represents an important milestone – a coming-of-age for historic preservation in Los Angeles. The multiple uses of this rich survey data are coming fully into fruition, both in Los Angeles and as a model for other local governments to achieve the long-held promise of fully linking historic preservation with sound local planning.”

The OHR wishes to thank the National Trust and CPF, as well as the dozens of historic preservation professionals and more than 200 volunteers who helped make SurveyLA possible.