Mission | Vision
Our mission is to preserve and revitalize historic buildings and places in Nevada and to cultivate a presence around cultural heritage and tourism. Retention and restoration of our built environment fosters not only a sense of place but also helps to build an engaged community for residents and visitors alike. We know that preserving our buildings is as much about our collective history as it is about strengthening neighborhoods, creating jobs, diversifying tourism, and boosting conservation.
We accomplish this through our efforts in preservation, education and advocacy.
Our vision is to grow into a statewide non-profit and provide preservation services both to metropolitan and rural cities within Nevada. As our staff and experience increase, we’d also like to broaden our scope into new endeavours geared towards supporting preservation in our local communities. Such work might include forming land banks in order to rehabilitate old buildings, facilitating architectural salvage resale through storage and retail opportunities and opening new office locations around the state of Nevada.
"We are excited about the continued growth and maturation of the Nevada Preservation Foundation. Through our signature Home + History annual weekend, advocacy, education and cultural tourism, we are broadening our offerings and outreach. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to provide connections to our diverse and collective past, to save the places where Nevada history was made, and to provide the historic and entertaining context for the places we live.
- Wendy L. Van Vacter, 2018 President, Board of Directors
The Nevada Preservation Foundation was founded in late 2013 by a small group of local Vegas preservationists. With the intent of educating the building industry and general public on economic, social, and environmental benefits of historic preservation, the Nevada Preservation Foundation has reached countless community members, worked with local building professionals and organizations, and mobilized neighborhoods to obtain historic protections. We have also created Home + History Las Vegas, an annual, heritage event focused on fostering appreciation of our architectural history and promoting cultural tourism in Las Vegas.
NPF has received advocacy awards from the City of Las Vegas and the US Green Building Council Nevada. Our work has been featured in various news outlets including the Las Vegas Review Journal, Las Vegas Weekly, DTLV, Vegas Seven, and others.