City Celebrates 25 Years Of Historic Preservation

FRESNO, CA (July 29, 2004) ) The City’s Historic Preservation Program celebrates its 25 th anniversary in October 2004. This celebration includes a series of events intended to thank and acknowledge the “pioneers of preservation” and draw public attention to Fresno ’s history and diverse cultural heritage. It will also highlight Fresno ’s recent designation by First Lady Laura Bush as a Preserve America Community. Co-sponsors include the Fresno City and County Historical Society and the Northern and Southern California Chapters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Events will include:

  • The Art of Historic Preservation: Regional Perspectives - A multi-media exhibition at City Hall that will feature works that examine and interpret historic buildings and cultural landscapes of the Central San Joaquin Valley . Curators for the exhibition are Don and Polly Brewer. October 4th
  • Reception and Buffet Dinner at City Hall  - The evening will include a program of community preservation awards, entertainment and a buffet dinner, as well as an additional opportunity to view the art exhibit. Tickets for the dinner are available through the Fresno City and County Historical Society. October 22nd
  • Candlelight Tour of St. John’s Neighborhood - The La Paloma Guild of the Historical Society will help lead tours of this historic early 20 th Century neighborhood.Numerous homes on the Local and National Registers will be open for viewing. Guided tours of the Santa Fe Depot (currently under restoration) will also be given. A tour fee will be charged. October 22nd
  • North Meets South in the Central San Joaquin Valley - The Northern and Southern California Chapters of the Society of Architectural Historians will meet in Fresno. The morning session will be held at the Downtown Club (a National Register building). The afternoon session will include a bus tour that focuses on the local use of pre and post stabilized adobe construction. It will include Kearney Mansion , several homes and businesses around Fig Garden , and a final reception and tour of the Forestiere Underground Gardens . October 23rd

Daniel G. Hobbs, City Manager
Contact: Karana Hattersley-Drayton, Historic Preservation : (559) 621-8520