The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. Established in 1978, the Conservancy grew out of a community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. Today, with a membership of nearly 7,000 households, the Conservancy is the largest local membership-based preservation organization in the country.
With a two-fold mission of education and preservation advocacy, the Conservancy protects Los Angeles County’s architectural resources and raises awareness of their value through public tours, lectures, publications, strategic partnerships, and other activities. Through the Conservancy’s efforts, many of Los Angeles’ most revered architectural landmarks have been saved from demolition and subsequently rehabilitated to contribute anew to the economic vitality of the community.
The Conservancy serves as a key provider of informative programs that educate people about the history, architecture, and cultural treasures of the Los Angeles region. This educational process helps build and strengthen an understanding of the need and value of preserving significant historic buildings, districts, and neighborhoods. Conservancy programs also foster meaningful involvement and social interaction among Los Angeles County residents and visitors. Education and outreach activities serve approximately 30,000 people per year, and audiences generally represent geographically diverse, age-diverse, educated, civically active adults and their children who are passionate about the region’s history, culture, and built environment – without regard to ethnic background, gender, age, socioeconomic status, or other discriminating factors.