Old Administration Building Wins National Preservation Award

by: Diana Banh | November 26, 2014

Fresno City College’s Old Administration Building has received a National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The OAB is one of 17 projects nationwide to receive the award this year, regarded as one of the nation’s top historic preservation honors.

Tim Mikulski with the National Trust says the OAB 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 the 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.