Community Awards & Recognition

Pearl Chase Historic  Preservation and Conservation Award

Each year the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) seeks to present the Pearl Chase Historic Preservation and Conservation Award to a deserving community member or organization dedicated to the values that Dr. Chase stood for in the fields of historic preservation and conservation. This annual lifetime achievement award serves as a tribute to the life and work of Pearl Chase, the famous leader of community activism and preservation in Santa Barbara, and to the work that continues today as a result of the inspiration she provided.


Pearl Chase Historic Preservation and Conservation Awardees

1989 – *Irene Suski Fendon 
1990 – *Robert O. Easton 
1991 – Mary Louise Days 
1992 – *Jean Storke Menzies 
1993 – *Ray Strong
1994 – *Joyce Parkinson 
1995 – *James G. Mills, Pharm.D.
1996 – *David Gebhard
1997 – *Sue Higman
1998 – *George and Vivian Obern
1999 – *Elizabeth Erro Hvolboll
2000 – *Jeremy D. Hass
2001 – *Helen Schott Pedotti
2002 – David H. Anderson
2003 – City of Santa Barbara Redevelopment Agency
2004 – *Louise Boucher
2006 – *Maria Herold
2008 – Milford Wayne Donaldson
2009 – Glenn Price
2010 – Kellam de Forest
2011 – Francisco González
2012 – Kathi Brewster
2013 – Old Mission Santa Inés

2014 – Timothy Aguilar

2015 Donald G. Sharpe

2018 –​ Hutton Parker Foundation

2019 –​ Judith Dodge Orias

George & Vivian Obern Preservation Stewardship Award

The George and Vivian Obern Preservation Stewardship Award recognizes individuals or organizations that demonstrate outstanding preservation work in connection with a specific project in and around Santa Barbara County. This prestigious award was named in honor of George and Vivian Obern in 2006 for their lifelong preservation work, including their successful efforts to save the Thomas Hope House (built 1875, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978), condemned by the county of Santa Barbara but saved by the Obern's.

George and Vivian Obern Preservation Stewardship Awardees

2002 – Santa Barbara Foundation
2003 – Palmer G. Jackson
2003 – Nancy Luton Jackson
2004 – Alan Eliot
2006 – Santa Ynez Valley High School Environmental and Spatial Technologies Class
2006 – Casa del Herrero Foundation
2007 – Goleta Valley Historical Society
2007 – Derek Westen
2008 – The Jimmy Chung Family
2009 – Channel Coast Corporation
2010 – Santa Barbara Contractors Association and Built Green Santa Barbara
2011 – City of Solvang
2012 – La Huerta Project
2013 – Historic Resources Element Task Force, City of Santa Barbara

2014 – Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation

2015 – Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

2016 – Katie and David Hay

2017 – Santa Barbara Conservancy

2019 – *Robert Harry Lovejoy

Sue Higman Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is given to an individual or individuals who have made outstanding contributions of their time to SBTHP over the course of a year. Established in 2010, the award is named in honor of longtime SBTHP supporter and friend, Sue Higman.

Sue Higman Volunteer of the Year Awardees

2010 – Anthony Spann and the Staff of  Harrison Design Associates
2011 – Kathy Chalfant
2012 – Terease Chin
2013 – Katherine Lowe

2014 – Jeannie Davis

2015 – *"Buffalo" Joe Schomer

2016 – David Bolton

2017 – Suzi Calderon Bellman

2018 – Terease Chin

2019 – Kyle Slattery

2020 – Valerie Roses

SBTHP Partnership Award

Created in 2019, this award recognizes the value of partnership as adopted by SBTHP in 2018.  The Partnership Award celebrates individuals or organizations who have participated in collaborative efforts that support SBTHP’s mission and made a significant impact toward that end. 

Partnership Awardees

2019 – Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara

Life Honorary Directors

*Amelia Acres

Kathi Brewster

Dr. W. E. Brownlee
*Norman Caldwell
Mary Louise Days
*Julia Forbes
Roy Gaskin
Michael R. Hardwick
Barbara Harris
*Jeremy Hass
*Sue Higman
Roger Horton
*Harold Kirker
*Garvan F. Kuskey, D.D.S.

Barbara S. Lindemann
Sheila Lodge 
*Richard Lugo
*William F. Luton, Sr.
*Jean Storke Menzies
*James G. Mills, Pharm.D.
*Vivian Obern

Dr. Richard E. Oglesby
*Helen Schott Pedotti

John S. Poucher
*Russell A. Ruiz
*Alice Rypins
*James D. Scheinfeld
*Charles A. Storke
*Richard S. Whitehead

Life Honorary Members

*Mike Acosta
Hon. Inocencio F. Arias
Kathy Chalfant
*Father Virgil Cordano 
George “Bud” Decker
*Irene Suski Fendon
Hon. Eduardo Garriguess
*Jim Higman
Don Kinney
Harry and Ellen Knill

William LaVoie
Father Michael Mahoney
Jim Elwell Martinez
*Norman Neuerburg
*George Obern
Ignacio Piña
*Vince Pownall
Dan Preece 
Richard A. Rojas
Catherine Rudolph
Russell Clay Ruiz 
*Virginia Scott
Steven B. Treanor
Edward A. Williams II

* Deceased

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