Architectural Resources Group

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Architectural Resources Group
Industry Architecture, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, and Conservation
Founded 1980
Founder Bruce Judd, Steven Farneth
Headquarters Pier 9, The Embarcadero, Suite 107, San Francisco, CA 94111
Number of locations
3: San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA; Portland, OR
Services Design, Investigation, Conservation, Planning, Historic Preservation, and Rehabilitation

Architectural Resources Group (or ARG; also known as Architects, Planners & Conservators, Inc.) is a firm that was founded in 1980 by Bruce Judd and Steve Farneth in San Francisco, CA. It began by providing professional services in the fields of architecture and urban planning with particular expertise in the area of historic preservation. In 2000, David Wessel, a Principal of ARG, founded a separate conservation-contracting division, ARG Conservation Services which operates under the same roof as ARG. By 2005, the firm had expanded to a full-service architecture firm with 50+ employees. ARG also opened offices in Pasadena serving Southern California, and Portland, Oregon, serving the Pacific Northwest.


Inn at the Presidio

Because of the complex range of issues common to preservation projects, the firm associates with consultants in diverse fields such as architectural history, preservation technology, building pathology, urban planning, building materials, engineering, real estate, and economics. By assembling a team of specialists across these disciplines, ARG approaches problems from a wide perspective, enabling implementation of creative, cost effective, and comprehensive solutions.

Cavallo Point at Fort Baker

ARG was among the first architecture firms in the United States to include architectural conservators as staff members. This resource allows the firm to focus on the science of preserving architecture and its historic fabric. Close integration of architectural conservators, preservation architects, architectural historians, and preservation planners provide clients with a full range of historic preservation services, providing truly sustainable solutions to built heritage.[1] ARG has provided a range of services for various National Historic Landmarks, buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, local historic districts, and other culturally significant sites.

Rancho Los Alamitos


The firm and its projects have received more 100 awards in design excellence, conservation, and planning, including those sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute of Architects, the California Governor’s Office, and the California Preservation Foundation. In 2006, ARG received the Firm of the Year Award from the AIA California Council.[2] In 2016, ARG was honored with a Palladio Award for its Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center at the Huntington Library.[3]


ARG retains close alliances and involvement with national and international preservation policy and advocacy organizations such as the Office of the United States Secretary of the Interior, National Trust for Historic Preservation, ICOMOS, DoCoMoMo, the Association for Preservation Technology International, and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Notable Projects[edit]

Pasadena City Hall
Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon
The Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Jackse Barn at Napa Valley Vintners
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Architecture & Cultural Resource Preservation[edit]


Historic Structures Reports[edit]

Design Review & Historic Resource Surveys[edit]


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  2. ^ "The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces Architectural Resources Group as the 2006 Firm Award Recipient". Business Wire. January 2006. 
  3. ^ "Architectural Resources Group’s New Center At The Huntington". Traditional Building magazine. June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Grape Expectations: Historic Wineries in Northern California Wine Country". Preservation magazine. Spring 2015. 
  5. ^ "Buena Vista Winery wins preservation award". Napa Valley Register. October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Refurbished LEED Platinum Lab Now Researches Climate Change". EarthTechling. April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Now Booking - Cavallo Point Lodge". The New York Times. October 2009. 
  8. ^ "World Legacy Award Winner: Sense of Place". National Geographic. 2015. 
  9. ^ "Joy blooms at Conservatory of Flowers". San Francisco Chronicle. April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Two very different buildings, one great honor". San Francisco Chronicle. April 2005. 
  11. ^ "Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park". ARCHITECT: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects. January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Checking Out Death Valley's New Visitor Center". KCET. April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Huntington's new visitor center strikes studiously neutral pose". Los Angeles Times. January 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Huntington opens part of new $68 million education and visitor center". Pasadena Star-News. January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Inn at the Presidio, Pershing Hall". The Registry. May 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Inn At The Presidio Retains Its Military Bearings". Curbed SF. May 2012. 
  17. ^ "In Napa, the sound of things to come / Italianate opera house reopens with first show in 88 years". San Francisco Chronicle. June 2002. 
  18. ^ "Jackse Winery / Architectural Resources Group". ArchDaily. June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Early Napa Valley Winery Saved and Converted to Vintner Organization Offices". Dexigner. May 2011. 
  20. ^ "A base-isolated makeover for Pasadena's historic City Hall". Architectural Record. January 2008. 
  21. ^ "Sunset Center: From Schoolhouse to Performing Arts Center". Monterey Herald. September 2011. 
  22. ^ "It's amazing what they can do with facelifts these days". San Francisco Chronicle. June 2007. 
  23. ^ "5th Avenue Theatre renovation begins". Puget Sound Business Journal. August 2002. 
  24. ^ "Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre Undergoes Earthquake Repairs". Playbill. August 2002. 
  25. ^ "Saving characters to preserve the past / Old hospital gives up a bit of its past on Angel Island". San Francisco Chronicle. October 2003. 
  26. ^ "Poetry Lessons: The Angel Island Immigration Station restoration". Contract magazine. March 2011. 
  27. ^ "Napa's first winery gets a facelift". Vallejo Times Herald. May 2007. 
  28. ^ "Building Business: Charles Krug Redwood Cellar and Carriage House renovation, St. Helena". Napa Valley Register. May 2007. 
  29. ^ "Restored Coit Tower opens in top condition". San Francisco Chronicle. May 2014. 
  30. ^ "Artist David Ireland's legacy lives on at 500 Capp Street". San Francisco Examiner. January 2016. 
  31. ^ "For conceptualist David Ireland, home is where the art is". San Francisco Chronicle. January 2016. 
  32. ^ "Landmark hotel from 'Vertigo' to undergo first face lift in 76 years". San Francisco Chronicle. September 2002. 
  33. ^ "New Mission Theater dusts off marquee, opens with ‘Star Wars’". San Francisco Chronicle. December 2015. 
  34. ^ "Architectural Resources Group: National Maritime Museum". Designboom. September 2011. 
  35. ^ "Maritime History". Metropolis. July 2011. 
  36. ^ "Berkeley Historical Plaque Project". 
  37. ^ "California's Hanna House". Via Magazine. October 2001. 
  38. ^ "Union Station's complexity grows 75 years down the line". Los Angeles Times. May 2014. 
  39. ^ "Hidden Treasure Renewed: Rancho Los Alamitos to Open New Rancho Center and Restored Historic Barns". ArtWeek. March 2012. 
  40. ^ "L.A. a fertile ground for garden apartments". Los Angeles Times. October 2014. 
  41. ^ "Burbank looks at ways to help preserve historic signs". Los Angeles Times. November 2014. 
  42. ^ "A database to keep Los Angeles from forgetting itself". Citiscope. July 2014. 

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