Old Riverside Foundation is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit civic organization incorporated July 25, 1979. We are dedicated to the recognition, appreciation, and preservation of the built environment (buildings, feats of engineering, parks, avenues, landscaping features, and archeological remains) throughout Riverside and the Inland Empire.
WHAT WE DO
- Encourage the conservation of historic homes and neighborhoods
- Advocate to local government for historic preservation
- Educate homeowners and building trades on standards and practices for the preservation and maintenance of heritage structures
- Maintain a robust architectural salvage operation
- Sponsor events regarding historic preservation & appreciation (Vintage Home Tour, meetings, seminars, workshops, walking tours, publications, and more)
- Provide grants to homeowners for historic preservation and restoration
- Recognize and celebrate outstanding efforts with our annual Preservation Awards
- Provide information on tax advantages for the preservation of historic properties
- Promote dialogue among other preservation groups and individuals
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Design director Dave Stolte joined the board in June, 2019 and was elected President in 2021. He brings forty years of experience in design and illustration to help bolster ORF’s public-facing visuals along with communication and organizational skills as an entrepreneur. He is editor for our newsletter and serves on all committees.
Carol joined the board after completing her internship and Master’s degree in History with an emphasis in Public History in 2013. She serves on our Grants and Awards Committees.
Ruth has been chair of our Membership Committee since 2016, and a board member twice for a total of six years, the latest stretch beginning in 2015. She also chairs the Weber House and Grants Committees and serves on the Salvage Committee and Nominating Committee.
Nancy has been a board member twice for a total of ten years, with the latest stretch beginning in 2013. Nancy has been the annual Vintage Home Tour Chair since 2008.
Jennifer has been a board member twice for a total of six years, the latest stretch beginning in 2017. Jennifer specializes in buying and selling vintage and historic properties in Riverside. She serves on our Awards Committee.
Nanci is Director of Audience Development & Administration as well as a docent and tour guide for the Mission Inn, is a board member of the Riverside Downtown Partnership and is Vice Chair of the Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance. Nanci joined the board in September, 2019 and serves on our Membership Committee.
Sharon joined the board December 2021. Sharon brings 25 years of Relationship and Product Management skills to ORF. She is interested in the preservation and restoration of residential structures. Sharon also serves on the Board of Museums and the Chief's Advisory Committee for the Riverside Police Department. She chairs our Events Committee.
Christian is a fifth-generation Riversider and fourth-generation realtor with an interest in the restoration of historic homes. He holds a BA in finance and marketing from Northern Arizona University. Christian serves as chair of our Advocacy Committee.
Anthony has resided in Riverside his entire life. He teaches sixth grade locally and is a member of DANA. Anthony embraces the opportunity to serve his community and give back to the city he loves. He serves on our Weber House Committee, where he is expanding our docent program.
Alex lives in the Palm Heights neighborhood, where he and his wife are restoring a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival. He serves on our Salvage Committee.
Danielle Gunkel lives in the Wood Streets and works in information technology for the Office of the President at University of California, Riverside. She holds a Masters Degree in Library Science and is interested in researching house histories.