SHRC REGISTRATION ACTIONS--February 8, 2014
The SHRC considered the following nominations at their regularly scheduled hearing on February 8, 2014. They recommended the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) forward five National Register nominations to the Keeper of the National Register for listing. They also approved two new California Historical Landmarks.
National Register of Historic Places Nominations
New Helvetia Historic District. Submitted under cover of the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Submission Public Housing in the United States, 1933-1949, New Helvetia represents an important local attempt to improve the housing conditions of African Americans and is associated with the career of Nathaniel Colley, the first African American attorney in Sacramento, who had a significant role in the effort to implement fair housing practices. The buildings were designed by a coalition of Sacramento’s Master architects – Charles Dean, Leonard Starks, Ed Flanders, and Harry Devine, Sr. – the only project on which they collaborated.
Pilarcitos Creek Bridge is a two-lane concrete bridge located in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County. Built in 1900, it is an extraordinarily early example of prestressed concrete bridge construction, which did not come into general use until decades later. The cables used to construct the bridge are Hallidie wire rope originally manufactured to pull cable cars in San Francisco.
Peterson, Robert O.-Russell Forester Residence in San Diego, San Diego County, was constructed between 1964-1965. The residence is a highly acclaimed example of the Modernist design of master architect Russell Forester, a pioneer of San Diego modernist architecture.
Tassajara One Room School is a one-room schoolhouse in Danville, Contra Costa County. Built in 1889, the schoolhouse was the primary school for the Tassajara Valley until 1946, and also served as a community center for residents of all ages.
Union Iron Works Historic District. This 65 acre maritime industrial district at Potrero Point in San Francisco is significant at the national level for its association with the development of steel shipbuilding in the United States 1884 to 1945: for pioneering technological developments and the production of significant wartime vessels. The district is also eligible at the local level as a physical record of the trends in industrial architecture from the late nineteenth century through World War II.
California Historical Landmark Nominations
Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, Monterey County. Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar had its start in 1913 as a young women’s summer camp and conference facility - an outgrowth of the inspired vision of the resourceful, socially-concerned and committed women of the YWCA. The historic buildings were designed and built by renowned California architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. Asilomar has been owned and operated by State Parks since 1956.
Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge spans the American River on the boundary between Placer and El Dorado Counties. Built in 1912, it was a very early example of reinforced concrete railroad bridge construction. The bridge was designed by John B. Leonard, a pioneer in the design, engineering and promotion of reinforced concrete construction. From 1912 until 1942, the Mountain Quarries Railroad operated trains over the bridge, carrying loads of sandstone from the nearby quarry to Auburn, California where MQRR met the Southern Pacific Railroad.