Pursuant to Section 4855(a) of the California Code of Regulations California Register of Historical Resources (Title 14, Chapter 11.5), the following nominations are scheduled for the October 28, 2016 SHRC quarterly meeting at City of Redlands Civic Center, City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon Street, Suite 2, Redlands, CA. Meeting notices and agendas will be posted ten days prior to the meeting date.
The SHRC invites comments on the nominations from the public either in writing or at the scheduled public meeting. Copies of nominations are posted as PDF documents below. Written comments can be sent to: State Historical Resources Commission, P.O. Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296-0001.
Complete and official listing of nominated properties scheduled for hearing at the above mentioned SHRC Meeting can be found on the meeting agenda via the SHRC Meeting Schedule and Notices page. The nominations on this page may not reflect the most current properties listed on the agenda.
Properties can be removed from the agenda by the State Historic Preservation Officer or the State Historical Resources Commission. No properties can be added to the agenda.
National Register of Historic Places nominations are considered drafts until listed by the Keeper.
California Register of Historic Resources nominations are considered drafts until listed or formally determined eligible for listing by the State Historical Resources Commission.
Calfornia Historical Landmarks and Points of Historical Interest are considered drafts until approved for listing by the State Historical Resources Commission and the Director of California State Parks.
Properties being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Architecture of E. Stewart Williams Multiple Property Submission (MPS) documents Williams’ design philosophy and contribution to desert modernism in the Coachella Valley. Williams successfully united the warmth of natural materials with the precision of International Style Modernism in designing buildings devoted to client needs while tailored to the local setting. At this time, twelve buildings are nominated in association with the MPS under the context “Architecture as environmental expression in the greater Coachella Valley, 1946-1976.” Property types include single family residence, commercial building, cultural institution, and educational institution in the greater Coachella Valley of Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.
Beckman Instruments Building, located in Fullerton, Orange County, is a Mid-century Modern administrative office building built in 1954. It is significant for Beckman Instruments' role as the first high-tech industry in Fullerton, association with inventor and industrialist Arnold O. Beckman, and for its design by master architect Lawrence Whitney Davidson.
Coachella Valley Savings 1 is a two-story with mezzanine International Style steel-framed, reinforced concrete building that was clearly influenced by Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in France. The building appears as a rectangular box of painted white stucco floating above a wide driveway and a small lobby.
Coachella Valley Savings 2 is a blend of International Style modernism, Classical symmetry, and sculptural monumentality. It is of steel and concrete construction engineered for both seismic safety and to provide a single enormous banking space without interior columns.
Creighton Residence Model A-3-R exemplifies architect William Krisel’s unusual premise: that it was possible to reconceive the common mass-produced tract house as an opportunity for outstanding design, serving a growing post-war population for whom custom home design was unattainable.
Edris Residence was set amidst a boulder-strewn alluvial fan of Mt. San Jacinto in Palm Springs. The goal was to integrate as much of the natural environment into the modern design as possible. Williams employed a triangular steel truss so that the living room roof would slope upward to celebrate the magnificent view.
Egan House, located in San Luis Obispo, Orange County, is an 1883 Renaissance Revival building constructed by William English for judge, county supervisor and philanthropist Richard Egan. Known as "Harmony Hall," this building was Egan's primary residence and principal office until his death in 1923. As a Justice of the Peace, "Judge Egan" donated fees paid for his judicial services to the poor, and spearheaded the restoration of Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Kenaston Residence is U-shaped in plan, with a swimming pool within the “U” where a natural rock wall continues below the pool surface to several feet beneath the water level. This same natural rock, which clads a portion of the exterior north elevation, softens the strict rectilinear geometry of the flat-roofed house.
Koerner Residence was placed on a flat parcel with a panoramic view of Mt. San Jacinto to the west, sharing the upswept roof of Williams’ earlier Edris Residence. Floor to ceiling windows bring abundant light into the wood post-and-beam dwelling.
La Laguna de San Gabriel is a park located in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, consisting of 14 concrete play sculptures created by master architect Benjamin Dominguez. The property is nominated under cover of the Latinos in 20th Century California MPD, as an example of the Murals and Artwork property type.
Latinos in Twentieth Century California MPD Amendment amends the existing MPD by changing the Murals property type to "Murals and Artwork," allowing nomination of artwork including statues, structures and other forms of artwork in addition to murals, under the cover of the existing document.
Mitchell Camera Corporation Factory, also known as The Factory and Studio One, located in West Hollywood, is a 1929 industrial building originally used by the Mitchell Camera Corporation to manufacture movie cameras that revolutionized the film industry. In 1974, the property opened as Studio One, a nightclub that became a cornerstone of southern California's LGBTQ community. This nightclub marked the transition from gay bars and clubs that were secretive and hidden, to avoid prosecution, to clubs that were public and popular. The Factory and other nightclubs based in this building attracted Hollywood celebrities and became a focal point for the growing LGBT community of West Hollywood.
Oasis Commercial Building is an International Style two-story, steel-framed reinforced concrete building that was clearly influenced by Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in France. Ground floor shops are deeply recessed beneath the projecting second story, which is supported by piloti. The upper floor contains offices and a full-width loggia facing the busy street.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Mountain Station is located at an elevation of 8,516 feet within the boundaries of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. It is the upper portion of a tram system inaugurated in 1963. The mountain station is based on a Swiss chalet, with angled wings with sloping roofs and large windows to take in views.
Palm Springs Desert Museum houses art galleries, natural history exhibits, and a performing arts center. A tranquil sunken garden imparts a sense of visual lightness to the overall composition. The building’s design embraces the New Brutalism in its massive scale and reinforced concrete construction.
Palm Springs Unified School District Educational Administrative Center was strongly influenced by the International Style. Prominent steel dogleg I-beams on the primary (east) elevation and exterior steel posts on the other elevations frame the building and support the flat roof. Aluminum-framed windows and enamel spandrels are recessed beneath the roof’s deep overhangs.
Santa Fe Federal Savings , now the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture & Design Center, is a Miesian pavilion of steel frame construction on a raised concrete pad. Full height glazing on three sides creates a delicate “jewel box” effect, especially when illuminated at night.
Sinatra, Frank, House was E. Stewart Williams’ first residential commission in Palm Springs. The single-family desert vacation house was commissioned by Sinatra in the summer of 1946. Williams’ design for a modern ranch style house won out over the Georgian Revival mansion that Sinatra had initially requested.
St. Joseph's Home for the Aged is a group of Georgian Revival style buildings constructed between 1912 and 1948, located in Oakland, Alameda County. The Little Sisters of the Poor operated this property as a social services facility and home for male senior citizens of limited means. It is one of the best examples of Georgian Revival style architecture in the East Bay region, designed by architects Leo Devlin and John Donovan.
Wiipuk Uun'Yaw Trail (location restricted) is a cultural landscape associated with the Kwaaymii people, adjacent to the existing Kwaaymii Homeland historic district.
Williams, E. Stewart and Mari, Residence allowed the architect to fully realize his design philosophy of bringing the natural environment into the living space. A butterfly roof cantilevered out over three rows of side beams eliminated walls so that the landscape could flow through floor-to-ceiling glazing in each room. The house is essentially a roof over a garden, a shelter for a very hard climate.
Woman’s Club of Hollywood is one of Hollywood’s oldest civic organizations, founded in 1905 by a small group of women, many of whom were the wives, daughters, and sisters of Hollywood pioneers. The 1946 clubhouse was constructed on the grounds of the former Hollywood School for Girls. The private college preparatory school was a significant educational institution for the children of Hollywood’s famous families.
Zumbrota is a shallow range, twin-screw fantail yacht approximately 95 feet long, constructed for Charles Ringling in 1918. With her narrow bean, plumb bow, and luxurious joinery, Zumbrota embodies the distinct characteristics of Classic motor yachts of the early Twentieth Century.
Properties being nominated to the California Register of Historical Resources.
Rancho Minerva is associated with the Greek American experience and agricultural development history in Vista, San Diego County. The Spanish Colonial Revival style house also embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type and method of adobe construction.
The next State Historical Resources Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2016. Nominations to be heard on the October 28, 2016 agenda will be posted after August 24, 2016.