Kimberly Butt




San Francisco


P 628.220.4440

Kim is a preservation architect, architectural historian, and principal. Fascinated by the stories historic structures and cultural resources represent, Kim helps building owners and stakeholders seize the opportunity to protect and enhance their properties. With more than 25 years of experience, she guides her clients through the historic preservation process to develop architectural solutions that respect the history of both people and place while preparing for the future.

Kim has documented, evaluated, restored, and rehabilitated historic buildings throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. She has provided architectural planning and design services for large, iconic structures such as the California State Capitol, the Jesse Unruh Building, and the San Francisco German Consulate Complex, as well as smaller, yet just as treasured, facilities such as the Murphy Windmill, the Point Cabrillo Light Station, and the Suisun Train Depot.

As an architectural historian, Kim is passionate about exploring the history of culture and place and has prepared National Register nominations, Historic American Buildings Survey documentation, and historic resource evaluations for properties such as Kaiser Hospital at the Rosie the Riveter World War II/Home Front National Historical Park, the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Frank Hagel Federal Building, Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, and Crockett Veteran’s Memorial Hall.

Kim currently serves on the City of Richmond, CA Design Review Board. She was previously a member of the Richmond Historic Preservation Advisory Committee for 16 years. She holds a Master of Science in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas.

Picture of Matt Reeves (left) and Kim Butt (right) by the cornerstone of Jesse Unruh Building in Sacramento, California.

Get to know Kim

What are a few projects you are proud to have worked on?

One of my major attractions to preservation was visiting amazing buildings and seeing them from an atypical perspective. Some of the most notable buildings and sites I have been privileged to work on include the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley, and the California State Capitol in Sacramento. In my first year of working in preservation, I was climbing around the State Capitol dome as part of the painting project. I was sold and never looked back.

What is your favorite building or landmark?

Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I love the work of Fay Jones and the natural aesthetic he developed in Arkansas, and I love how humble of a man he was through it all. For him, the work speaks for itself, and his buildings are a major part of what developed my love for architecture.

What is your advice to young professionals in your field?

My advice would be to speak up and show up. Don’t be intimidated to share your ideas, but also be an attentive listener to those around you. Also, half the battle is just showing up—going to events, lectures, meetings, job sites, etc. You will be amazed by not only the connections you make, but also the amount of knowledge you will learn outside of the office and away from the computer.

What do you like to do outside of work?

My favorite outside of work activities are pretty simple: cooking and baking, hiking with my dogs, and playing card games or watching movies with my kids.

Notable projects

Photo showing the California State Capitol South Portico after it was repaired.

California State Capitol South Portico Repairs

Sacramento, CA

Jesse Unruh Building Treanor Justice design studio

Jesse Unruh Building Rehabilitation

Sacramento, CA

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