May is National Preservation Month, a time to celebrate our cherished historic places. Here in California, our Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has created several fun activities that anyone can participate in.
We particularly like this creative project, called Flat SHPO. Based on the children’s educational tool Flat Stanley, the OHP created a flattened version of Wayne Donaldson, our celebrated State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and are encouraging Californians to help him travel to all of our state’s historic places. Naturally, Flat SHPO paid a visit to El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. “Real” SHPO, interestingly, has been here many times. Wayne Donaldson, through his former firm, Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, created the reconstruction plans for both the Presidio’s Northeast Corner and Northwest Corner projects.