In 2004, a group of Old Town Tustin residents united to protest the City of Tustin’s plan to demolish a historic building on Main Street. The Utt Juice Building had stood empty for several years. The city’s Historic Survey listed it as eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the group of residents urged the city to save the Victorian facade of the building. The City Council voted to allow the developer to demolish the entire building.
As a result, the group, composed of Brent Ferdig, Carol Tink-Fox, Rick Fox, Linda Jennings, Sharon Jones, April Pollack and Jeff Thompson determined to form an organization to protect the historic resources of Tustin, and the Tustin Preservation Conservancy was born.
Over the years the Conservancy has hosted educational workshops on historic restoration, and launched the “Save the Hangars” campaign sponsoring several tours of one of the blimp hangers. We have hosted yearly awards banquets to honor those who have achieved excellence in historic restoration, preservation, and beautification. The Frances Logan Spirit of Old Town Award has been awarded to individuals who have performed meritorious service for historic preservation.
Community support for the Conservancy and its mission has been enthusiastic and strong. The greater Tustin and North Tustin community has agreed that “Working to make yesterday’s resources part of tomorrow’s history” is an important goal.