Landmarks California

Landmarks California: the Places of Our Diverse Cultures and Histories is a statewide collaboration intended to raise awareness and appreciation for historic and cultural preservation through public activities at historic and cultural sites throughout the state. The program is intended to be an ongoing opportunity to help tell the untold stories of California’s development, thereby raising cultural and historical understanding throughout the state.

The pilot project of Landmarks California, the Julia Morgan 2012 Festival, begins in October, 2012, and focuses on the life and work of Miss Julia Morgan. Julia Morgan was California’s first licensed female architect, the first female civil engineering graduate of UC Berkeley, and the creator of over 700 structures in California alone. In addition to her personal accomplishments – her prolific and impressive contributions to the built landscape of our state — Miss Morgan’s life story is a powerful lesson about the strength of perseverance.

The Landmarks California program is intended to create a vehicle for increasing awareness and appreciation for cultural and historic resource preservation. This work has the potential to be even more important than the $122 million in CCHE-funded projects because it can create a changed mindset toward preservation that will have long-lasting, positive impacts on our state. These impacts include the economic revitalization that occurs when historic structures are adapted for a modern use and the increased cohesion of our state’s citizens resulting from greater understanding of each other. An added benefit of the program is the creation of a strong network among historic and cultural resource stewards which will remain long after the projects end.

The Landmarks California program is an excellent example of a private-public partnership designed to advance a common goal – to maintain and strengthen California’s cultural heritage.

Landmarks California is directed by the Landmarks California Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers from several statewide historic and cultural resource preservation organizations listed below. The specific Julia Morgan 2012 project is governed by an Oversight Board consisting of representatives from the State California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE), a nonprofit history organization, the California Historical Society, and a California architectural association, the Center for Architecture and Design. As Executive Officer of the CCHE, Mimi Morris serves as Chairperson of the Oversight Board.

Landmarks California Committee Members

American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

California Historical Society Read Karen McNeill’s essay, “Women Who Build’: Julia Morgan & Women’s Institutions

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, University Archives

California Preservation Foundation

California State Parks

Chinese Historical Society of America

Heyday Books

Landmark Heritage Foundation

Preserving California’s Japantowns

The Julia Morgan Project

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design