Preservation @ the Forefront - California Preservation Foundation Conference 2017

This year’s CPF conference takes place in HRG’s hometown of Pasadena. Four days of tours, educational sessions, special events, and sharing ideas will happen May 10-13 at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel. The conference celebrates the 40th anniversary of CPF and co-sponsor Pasadena Heritage, and explores innovative historic preservation practices by examining the region’s rich legacy of preserving and maintaining historic resources. Explore iconic historic places in tours, mobile workshops, and engaging conference sessions, several of which are being presented by HRG staff. We hope to see you there!


Happy Holidays!

To all of you from all of us at HRG, we wish you a warm, wonderful holiday season filled with friends and family, happy moments, observing old traditions and building new ones. Above all, we wish you the peace and serenity of the season. Here’s to good health and prosperity in 2017!


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Hosts the Fourth AIA Preservation Colloquium

Taliesin West will host the fourth AIA Preservation Colloquium from February 12-14, 2017. HRG Principal Architect Peyton Hall, FAIA, initiated this gathering of historic architects and members of other interested disciplines in 2013, and has continued as an organizer and participant each year.

The topic is “A New Paradigm for Architecture: The Convergence of Preservation, Environment, and Design.”  Architects are increasingly tasked with repurposing existing buildings of all types and ages for new uses. Current practice blurs the lines between design, resource conservation, and heritage conservation to extend the life of buildings by adapting them to new uses. Colloquium activities will include thought-provoking case studies and in-depth discussions of the architect’s role in shaping the use and reuse of existing buildings and their impact in an urban and community context.

Speakers include Aaron Betsky, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture; Will Bruder, FAIA; Theo Prudon, FAIA; Duke Reiter, FAIA, Arizona State University; Carl Elefante, FAIA, 2018 AIA President-Elect, Quinn Evans Architects; Robert Bruegmann, University of Illinois at Chicago; Brent Leggs, National Trust for Historic Preservation; David Fixler, FAIA, EYP; John Allan, Avanti Architects; and Les Shepherd, FAIA, GSA.

Please join these distinguished panelists at a National Historic Landmark in the desert! For more information, visit:

Image: Session at the 2015 AIA Colloquium at Taliesin West.


Tell Us About Your Favorite Historic Places in Santa Monica

Historic Resources Group is working with Architectural Resources Group and the City of Santa Monica to complete a comprehensive Citywide Historic Context Statement and Historic Resources Survey. The project is looking at resources constructed through 1977, and will evaluate properties for potential architectural, social, and cultural significance. As part of that effort, the project team would love to hear from you about historic places and neighborhoods in Santa Monica. Visit the project’s website at to learn more and tell us about your favorite historic places in the city!

Image: Santa Monica Historic Resources Inventory Update Website.


Holly Kane Joins the HRG Team

Historic Resources Group is very pleased to welcome Holly Kane to the HRG staff. Holly has a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Southern California, where she’s coordinated and lectured in the Summer Program in Heritage Conservation for the past five years. Previously, Holly served as the Development Coordinator at Pasadena Heritage, and has been a volunteer with the Los Angeles Conservancy and Pasadena Heritage for many years.

Prior to working in preservation, Holly enjoyed a long career as a gemologist and has over twenty years’ experience in most aspects of the jewelry and gemstone industry, including small business management, sales, gemstone identification, and trade show management. Holly’s new role as HRG’s Development Manager/Associate Historian will utilize her skills as a historian and her extensive business experience.  With a passion for meeting people and engaging in interesting, challenging projects, Holly brings a unique perspective to HRG.