Historic Old Administration Building Earns National Historic Preservation Honor
Long abandoned and once nearly demolished, Fresno City College’s newly restored Historic Old Administration Building is now the recipient of a prestigious national Preservation Honor Award from The National Trust for Historic Preservation. HOAB is one of 17 projects nationwide this year to receive the award, regarded as one of the nation’s top historic preservation honors.
Tim Mikulski with the National Trust says the HOAB is significant both in Fresno’s history, and in the development of school architecture nationally:
“It was the first permanent structure at what became the state’s first community college. Along with the Old Library, it is the original campus’ only remaining building. It was also designed around two open air courtyards to take advantage of the mild, sunny climate – a distinct step in the advancement of healthy school architecture.”
Brian Speece, Associate Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations at State Center Community College District, and Kurt Schindler, ELS Principal-in Charge, accepted the award at the National Preservation Conference and Award Ceremony in Savannah, Georgia on November 13, 2014.
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