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April 21, 2023

Last night at the California Preservation Conference, “Rooted in Richmond” was recognized as the winner for the 2023 Preservation Design Award for Cultural Heritage, Intangible Assets. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at

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Figure 1 - Community Development Director Lina Velasco and Historic Preservation Commission Chair Joann Pavlinec

Figure 2 - Rooted in Richmond Presentation Board

About Rooted in Richmond

The Rooted in Richmond App is a collection of 16 historic sites – tangible and intangible – located along the Richmond Greenway. This multimedia walking and biking tour (made possible by a Certified Local Government Grant and a volunteer project management team) allows visitors to hear from Richmond residents, historians, and notable civic leaders. The Android and Apple-based app is also accessible on the web for people to learn about the diverse sites associated with Richmond in the 20th century. The tour also includes a narrated Spanish version.

The tour features exclusive audio interviews, 3D models of Richmond’s historical artifacts, and dozens of vivid historical images. Stops automatically trigger as you pass by, including Pre-WWII Japanese rose nurseries; the Pullman Palace Car factory; Social Justice and Civil Rights in Richmond; a WPA-era mural rediscovered in a post office basement; Ohlone shell mounds; and much more.

The tour is six miles in length and can be completed all at once, or in three equal segments of two miles each. 

You may visit the full tour and browse the tour stops by visiting one of the following options below. 

About CPF and the Awards

The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF), a 501c3 nonprofit, was incorporated in 1978. We now support a national network of more than 30,000 members and supporters. Click here to learn how you can become a member.