San Diego, California?The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) has selected the Historic Structure Report for the Junípero Serra Museum, operated by the San Diego History Center, for a prestigious 2014 Preservation Design Award in the Cultural Resource, Studies, or Reports category.

The report—commissioned by the History Center and submitted by David Marshall, President & Senior Principal of Heritage Architecture & Planning— outlines the planned preservation future improvements for the museum in San Diego’s Presidio Park. The award will be presented on Friday, September 26, 2014 at a dinner and awards ceremony at the Cicada Club in the Oviatt Building in Los Angeles.

“We are honored to share this award with Heritage Architecture and Planning” says San Diego History Center Trustee, William Lawrence.  “This Historic Structure Report provides the basis for the preservation and restoration of this landmark by our partners, the City of San Diego and marks a renewed dedication to the Serra Museum by the San Diego History Center.”

“Winning this award is a great honor and it shows that the significance of the Serra Museum and its continued protection is appreciated throughout the state,” says David Marshall of Heritage Architecture.”
Other San Diego County projects that have won Preservation Design Awards include: Warner Carrillo Ranch House (2013); Cosmopolitan Hotel (2012); The California Building/Museum of Man (2009).

The Junípero Serra Museum site is significant because it sits atop the location of the original permanent settlement of Alta California by the Spanish in 1769. The Serra Museum was built and dedicated in 1928 to commemorate this founding and served as the original home of the San Diego Historical Society (now the San Diego History Center).