2024 Historic Preservation Fortnight, May 13 – 25

The Redlands Area Historical Society, Inc. & Redlands Conservancy

“Historic Preservation Fortnight”


May 13 – 25, 2024

Historic Preservation Month is the month of May, as designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Throughout the month, local preservation groups, state historical societies, and business and civic organizations around the nation celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states as understood through historic structures.

The Redlands Area Historical Society (RAHS) , in partnership with the Redlands Conservancy, will participate in this annual program with the Redlands Historical Preservation Fortnight, a series of events and programs for the public to enjoy as they learn of the impact of historic structures.

The 2024 Fortnight will focus on Adaptive Reuse of existing structures.  Much emphasis is placed on re-using an existing structure rather than demolishing (a costly strategy that adds significantly to the cost of construction) and building new. Rehabilitation saves money and makes money.

Schedule of Events:

At the Fortnight Reception, free and open to the public on Monday, May 13 at 6:30pm at Asistencia, 26930 Barton Road, guests will see a review of Redlands Conservancy’s Adaptive Reuse Award Winners, a program started in the early 2000s.  The main event will be the presentation of the 2024 Adaptive Reuse Award to one of the many rehabilitated structures that contribute to Redlands’ unique sense of place.

On Saturday morning, May 18 at 10 am, RAHS will offer guided tours of historic downtown Redlands, starting at Ed Hales Park on the corner of E State Street and 5th Avenue.  In the afternoon of May 18, the soon-to-be Redlands Public Market will be open for a free guided tour in what was originally a citrus packing-house.  Guests will hear from Arteco Partners which is the company rehabilitating the old building. Historical Society or Conservancy members should use discount code FNTOURS2024 for $5 discount. Click here to register for DOWNTOWN TOURS.

The Wednesday, May 22, Redlands Forum at esri will feature a program by A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Head of Special Collections Nathan Gonzales about “The Evolution of Redlands through Historic Maps.”  This program is free, and reservations are made through ESRI Redlands Forum.

A fund-raising event on May 25 will wrap up the 2024 Fortnight as Redlands Conservancy and RAHS offer the Poker Run for Preservation Players will make reservations to participate, meet at Escape Craft Brewery at 440 Oriental Avenue to receive instructions, and drive, cycle, or walk to as many of the designated adaptively reused buildings as possible between 10am and 1pm.  At each site, players will receive a card out of deck of cards and gradually assemble the best possible poker hand – anything between two of a kind and a royal flush.  Players reconvene at Escape at 1pm for the results. Cost to play is $30. CLICK  HERE to register for May 25 Poker Run.

For further information call the Historical Society at (909) 307-4661 or Redlands Conservancy at (909)782-6208.