AMAP was instrumental in saving the wings of the Old Del Monte Hotel (currently the Naval Post Graduate School) from demolition in 2006.

Our Mission

To Educate the community about the value of recognizing, preserving, securing, and displaying the Monterey area's historic assets for public benefit.

To Support activities which interpret and share the Monterey area's rich cultural heritage with residents and visitors.

To Encourage residents to be advocates for ideas, programs, and plans which contribute to the understanding of the Monterey area's cultural, ethnic, artistic, and architectural legacy.

Salinas Art Deco Tour with Lunch at Steinbeck House
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:30 am - 2:30pm
Departing from Monterey and Salinas

The Alliance of Monterey Area Preservationists (AMAP) is pleased to present a chartered coach tour of the wonderful Art Deco Era Architecture of Salinas with a three-course lunch at the Steinbeck House on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The bus will depart the Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey promptly at 9:30 am and pick up additional guests at 230 Capitol St., Salinas at 10:00 am. Seating is limited so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Register by clicking one of the buttons below, or Click Here for a mail-in form. Call (831) 649-8132 for more information. For additional information contact Nancy Runyon,
email: or (831) 649-8132.

AMAP Members $50
Non-Members $65


In 1924, Salinas had the highest per capita income of any city in the United States. During the growing seasons of the Great Depression, the volume of telephone and telegraph transmissions originating in Salinas was greater than that of San Francisco. This activity was reflected in a burst of building construction, many employing the streamlined shapes and organic patterns of Art Deco or Art Moderne. Many examples remain, including the National Register-listed Monterey County Courthouse and the Salinas Californian newspaper building.

Photographs of these and many other structures can be seen in their brochure which includes a street map of downtown identifying their locations. Several other notable structures are also highlighted, including the Victorian house where John Steinbeck was born.

Link to Brochure

The Cooper-Molera Adobe
Cal Am Pump Station #1
Pacific Grove
Read our letter in opposition
to the demolition of the pump station
Visit our Connell House Page
Visit our Cooper-Molera Page