Excellence in Architecture
Michael Bohn and Alan Pullman of Studio One Eleven received a 2018 Award for Excellence in Architecture

Please submit nominations for the 2019 Long Beach Preservation Awards by October 31st. 

Long Beach Heritage invites you to submit nominations for its thirth-first annual Preservation Awards, which will be presented on March 14, 2019. The aim of these awards, which have been presented each year since 1989, is to recognize the growing strength and diversity of historic preservation in Long Beach. Membership in Long Beach Heritage is not a requirement to submit a nomination. To be eligible, projects must be located in Long Beach and should conform to the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Projects should also be completed during the current year.

Along with the Preservation Awards for noteworthy projects we will recognize either a Preservationist of the Year or an outstanding architect or architectural firm who have made significant contributions to Long Beach with an Excellence in Architecture Award.

Nomination Process: An independent jury of preservationists and architects reviews all nominations and selects the most representative examples.

Click here to download the Preservation Award Nomination form

Please submit the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or print and mail to: Long Beach Heritage, PO Box 92521, Long Beach, CA 90809


Preservation Award Categories (The jury will help to determine appropriate categories.)

1.  Preservation -includes the process of sustaining the form and extent of a property, as it now exists. Preservation strives to halt further deterioration and provide structural stability but does not involve significant rebuilding, restoration or rehabilitation.

2.  Restoration - represents the process of accurately recovering the form, significant features and details of a property as these appeared at a particular period in time by removing later work and reconstructing missing original features. The emphasis is on historic accuracy.

3.  Rehabilitation - defined as the act or process of making possible the continued historic use, a compatible new use, or an adaptive reuse of a property through repair, alteration, and additions while preserving those portions or features that convey its historical, cultural or architectural values.

4.  Reconstruction - includes the act or process of depicting, by means of new construction, a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure or object to replicate its appearance at a specific period of time and in its historic location. Emphasis is on historical accuracy, materials and finishes.

5.  Contextual In-Fill - includes compatible freestanding new construction, adjacent or in relation to, existing historic structures. Such work should reflect the compatibility of new work with historic structures in regard to matters of massing, size, scale, architectural features of the property's character and its contextual surroundings.

6.  Sustainability - recognizes projects that successfully and compatibly apply innovative technologies, sustainable design and/or practices to historic structures or sites, which promote environmentally friendly design, materials and energy conservation, and an improved quality of life.

7.  Cultural Resource Studies - includes creative, innovative and precedent-setting approaches to technological and preservation planning issues, cultural educational awareness or advancement. Projects submitted for this award may include, but are not limited to: architectural or historical inventories and surveys, historic structure reports, register nominations, computer software, planning studies, research papers, film/video/photo documentaries and historic preservation elements of general plans.

8.  Craftsmanship/Preservation Technology - recognizes outstanding workmanship carried out in a project such as those specified above and may be submitted under one of those categories, or for the craftsmanship award. This award honors excellence in craftsmanship pertaining to a single element of an overall project such as stained glass restoration, duplication of historic wall finish or mural, wrought iron, carpentry, stonework, etc.

9.  Interpretive Exhibits - recognizes projects that provide or integrate exhibits that offer information about an historic feature or site. Eligible projects may include interpretation of features or sites that bring to life the people, construction techniques, materials, or events associated with the subject.


Preservationist of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the preservation movement and Long Beach's cultural heritage.

Excellence in Architecture

Awarded to an architect or architectural firm whose work has had an outstanding influence on Long Beach's built environment.