Historic preservation is the act and process of caring for cultural resources–both tangible and intangible. Protecting the historic structures and works of art that enrich communities is a complex operation requiring strong public-private partnerships and a combination of advocacy and technical expertise. ARG Conservation Services is involved in the preservation of historical and cultural resources at every stage–from planning and fundraising to permitting and execution. Please get in touch to learn more about our range of services or to find out how we can serve your historic structure or work of art.


Design-Build & Construction Management

ARG Conservation Services has worked with a diverse range of public and private entities to tailor conservation projects, both as a sole-source entity and a general contractor managing teams of rehabilitation specialists in concert with other design professionals.  The firm is equipped to undertake LEED-related projects.

Hoover Tower
115 Sansome

Materials Conservation

ARG Conservation Services employs trained conservators who combine modern methods with traditional craftsmanship to restore a broad spectrum of materials. Firm conservators have expertise in historic finishes, murals, metals, stone, masonry, wood, and plaster. Work is performed onsite and in our conservation lab.

Masonic Auditorium Endomosaic Window
Angel Island Immigration Station

Seismic Upgrades

ARG Conservation Services undertakes seismic upgrades of monuments and historic structures. The latter include specialty projects involving archaic materials like stone and adobe, in addition to concrete and other conventional building materials.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Garfield Monument

Surveys & Recommendations

ARG Conservation Services is frequently retained to conduct detailed surveys and provide recommendations for treatment and conservation of historic structures and cultural materials. The firm employs in-house diagnostic and laboratory equipment to evaluate structural features and analyze materials and finishes.

KPIX Building


ARG Conservation Services staff are well-acquainted with the standards for state and federal review processes relating to historic preservation projects. During the life of a project, our team secures conceptual approvals with local and building code officials and represents clients before regulatory agencies. We often work with non-profit groups and stewards of historic landmarks, and are pleased to offer public information sessions to assist with fundraising efforts and advocacy.

Luther Burbank Home and Garden

Education & Outreach

ARG Conservation Services is committed to promoting historic preservation through community advocacy and professional development. ARG Conservation Services runs a robust internship program, hosts regular Conservation Roundtables with other leaders in the field, and maintains an AIA credit program. Principals and staff run workshops and training courses for conservators and stewards of monuments and historic buildings.

ARG Conservation Services proudly supports community arts and preservation bodies, including the San Francisco Arts CommissionSan Francisco Architectural Heritage, and Leap.

All ARG Conservation Services projects meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and conform to the Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

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Masonic Auditorium Endomosaic Window

The restored Masonic Auditorium Window, a monumental mural by Emile Norman

Image © David Wakely