Conservation + Preservation

Work on existing and historic buildings requires special knowledge and care. The principal of “restore rather than replace” guides our preservation recommendations. Conserving original materials, enabling them to extend their useful lives, is key to any successful preservation or rehabilitation project.

List of Services

  • Preservation Architecture
  • Secretary of the Interior’s Standards Project Review
  • Preservation and Maintenance Plans
  • Materials Conservation Recommendations
  • Specification Writing

Project Examples

Old Police Headquarters

After being abandoned for more than 20 years, this 100,000 square foot Spanish-style landmark was threatened with demolition. Heritage worked with the owner and lead architect on a preservation and adaptive-reuse solution to create a dining and retail destination. The project incorporated almost all of the surviving historic features, including a popular self-guided exhibit of eight original jail cells.

Balboa Theatre

This $24 million restoration project incorporated many preserved historic features, especially at the interior. Hundreds of square feet of elaborate staff-plaster ornamentation was preserved and conserved. The original Spanish Baroque wall murals had been painted over, but they were were cleaned, documented and recreated with new paint to match the historic designs and color schemes.


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