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Tom Butt Receives California Preservation Foundation President's Award

It has been announced — Tom Butt is this year's recipient of the California Preservation Foundationís 2013 Presidentís Award for ďLegislator of the Year.Ē Tom accepted his awarad at the 2013 California Preservation Awards Gala Event that was held on September 27th in San Francisco. The Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Center also received a design award at the same event. Although Tom Butt, being named, the Presidentís Award, really recognizes the dedication of Richmond City staff, especially Bill Lindsay, Richard Mitchell, Lina Velasco and Hector Rojas, and the support of the Richmond City Council, both past and present, to create a local preservation program recognized as perhaps the most successful in California. The hard working Richmond Historic Preservation Commission and Design Review Board have also made critical contributions to Richmondís preservation successes.

Historic Suisun-Fairfield Train DepotIn the past 15 years, Richmond went from a city with virtually no preservation program to being a recognized state leader in historic preservation. In the last few years, Richmond has reaped multiple state and national preservation awards for projects including East Brother Light Station rehabilitation, the Civic Center rehabilitation, the Plunge rehabilitation, the Ford Plant rehabilitation, Richmond Project Prism and the Heritage Homes Design Guidelines.

In 2011, Tom accepted — on behalf of the City of Richmond — a previous Presidentís Award, not for a specific project, but instead for Richmondís almost astounding ascendance into the top tier of preservation communities within just the last decade with multiple ward winning projects and initiatives recognized on a national level.

Partnering with the National Park Service to bring Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park to Richmond was a major accomplishment that helped bring Richmond to the forefront of the history and preservation community.

Richmond has also honored many of their own with annual preservation awards to local organizations and individuals. Richmondís preservation program has resulted not only in priceless favorable publicity for the city, but also in tens of millions of dollars in grants and tax credits and hundreds of new jobs. The business of preservation is no better recalled than when the Mechanics Bank opened its Point Richmond office in a restored railroad building and saw business triple almost immediately!

The event was held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco on September 27, 2013.
See more award winners: http://www.californiapreservation.org/awards.html