Alice Parrish Duffee

Architectural Historian and Historic Preservation Planner

Trained as an architectural historian and historic preservation planner, Alice specializes in evaluation, recordation and inventory of historic resources, and provides consulting services to satisfy National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance requirements. Architects, contractors, and home owners retain her when they have a vision for their property and can’t wait months or years of trying to navigate the complex business of city planning and environmental compliance.

Alice also assists home buyers and sellers assess the historic character of their property–and identify possible issues with future projects on the site– before they “sign on the dotted line.”

With 27 years of experience and local relationships, Alice is passionate about helping her clients reach their project goals while ensuring that our rich cultural heritage will be protected and passed on to future generations.

About Me

Founder Alice Parrish Duffee has over 27+ years of experience in a broad range of historic preservation and non-profit organizations. She has worked for the U.S. Coast Guard and General Services Administration, as well as private sector cultural resource management firms. She has extensive non-profit experience, serving on the boards of Sonoma League for Historic Preservation, Sonoma Valley Historical Society, San Francisco Architectural Heritage, Fort Point and Presidio Historical Association, and the Blue Wing Adobe Trust.

Alice is qualified under the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications (36 CFR 61) in Historic Preservation and Architectural History History, with a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She is also included on the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) Consultants List.

Throughout her work in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Alice has specialized in historic resource evaluations and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Alice Duffee on a number of projects and in different capacities. We served together on the board of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation, and Alice has assisted me in client matters as a consultant and potential expert witness. Her research and writing skills are outstanding, and she’s an effective presenter at public hearings. Alice is a noted and respected authority on historic designation and preservation matters and is a tremendous resource.”

Michael Woods

Land Use, Permitting and Real Estate Attorney

“My firm has had the benefit (and pleasure!) of working with Alice on at least 4 projects. Her credentials speak for themselves; she’s extremely knowledgeable and intuitive in helping her clients navigate the often times challenging path to discretionary approval for historic projects. In addition to her extensive research and thorough reports, she is happy to attend hearings and often times will educate the members of a jurisdictional board about the meanings and subtleties of the complex guidelines controlling historic preservation and new construction.

I could not give her a more enthusiastic referral!”

Robert Baumann



  • MS Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania
  • BA Architectural History from the University of Virginia
  • Exceeds Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Standards: Architectural History, History, and Historic Preservation
  • Listed in the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) as a consultant qualified to work in the fields of Architectural History and History
  • Working in field since 1991


  • National Trust for Historic Preservaion – Preservation Forum
  • American Association of Environmental Planners (Northern
  • California Chapter)
  • California Preservation Foundation
  • Impact100 Sonoma
  • Society for Architectural Historians (Northern California Chapter)

Historical Societies

  • Sonoma Valley Historical Society
  • Sonoma County Historical Society
  • Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
  • Queen Anne’s County Historical Society
  • Sonoma League for Historic Preservation
  • Glen Ellen Historical Society
  • St. Helena Historical Society
  • California Historical Society
  • New England Historical Society
  • Napa County Historical Society
  • Marin History Museum
  • Napa County Landmarks

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