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SHRC Registration Actions Taken 2016

The nominations below were reviewed by the State Historical Resources Commission during the year 2016. Scroll down to view subsequent actions by quarter. New actions are added to the end of this page after each quarterly State Historical Resources Commission meeting. Agendas from past meetings are downloadable in PDF format below on the right sidebar.

January 29, 2016 SHRC Meeting

The following nominations were scheduled for the January 29, 2016 SHRC quarterly meeting at Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814. Eighteen properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, including one Multiple Property Document.

Properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places

PHOTO Monday Club of San Luis Obispo, designed by master architect Julia Morgan and constructed by prominent local builder James Jepson, has been a vital and enduring presence in the cultural and civic life of San Luis Obispo from its construction in 1934 to the present day. 

Residential Architecture of John Lautner in Southern California Multiple Property Submission identifies historic contexts and property types identified with master architect John Lautner, identifying themes and property types associated with his iconic residential home designs.

PHOTO Foster Carling House is a John Lautner designed home located in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Dense foliage obscures views of the building from the street, constructed in 1948. The wood and steel frame home has an irregular plan, a hexagonal volume and an L-shaped wing wrapping three sides of a terrace with a swimming pool that enters the main living space via suspended sliding glass walls.

PHOTO Willis Harpel Residence is a John Lautner designed home located in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Mid-century Modern in style with a J-shaped plan and a flat roof, the house is constructed of round, reinforced concrete columns and wood beams set ina  pattern of interlocking equaliteral triangles. Constructed in 1956, the home is characteristic of Lautner's approach to architectural experimentation.

PHOTO Leo M. Harvey House is a John Lautner designed home located in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Constructed in 1950, with several additions designed by Lautner in 1962-1965, the building is Mid-century Modern style with some influences of Organic architecture.

PHOTO John and Mary Lautner House was designed by architect John Lautner as his family residence. Located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, the house's design reflects the architectural influences of Lautner's past association with Frank Lloyd Wright.

photo J.W. Schaffer House is a John Lautner designed home located in Glendale, Los Angeles County, constructed in 1949. The building has a V-shaped plan and is Mid-century Modern in style, retaining some influences of Frank Lloyd Wright but exhibiting Lautner's fascination with new shapes and structures.

photo Douglas and Octavia Walstrom House is a John Lautner designed home located in the Beverly Glen neighborhood of Los Angeles, constructed in 1969. It is Late Modern in style with an asymmetrical trapezoidal plan and a steeply pitched shed roof. The Walstrom House is exceptionally significant as one of Lautner's most celebrated designs, described as "a sculptural work of art" by his clients.

photoArthur Elrod House is a John Lautner designed home located in Palm Springs, Riverside County. Constructed in 1968 and modified by Lautner in 1971 and 1974, the reinforced concrete home's circular plan, shallow conical roof, and integrated pool, terrace and glass walls make the Elrod House one of Lautner's most iconic and recognizable homes, extensively documented in the architectural press and even utilized as a movie set for a James Bond film.

photo Carl and Agnes Pearlman Cabin is located in the Idyllwild community of Riverside County. Composed of reinforced concrete and timber frame, the most prominent façade consists of a broad conical roof supported by a ring of cedar tree trunks. The 1957 building combines contemporary architecture with rustic materials and natural setting and Lautner's characteristic design aesthetic.

photo Alameda County Building and Loan Association Building is a five-story residential-over-commercial building in downtown Oakland, Alameda County. Designed by Harry Cunningham and Matthew Politeo and completed in 1907, this partially steel-framed building is significant for its architecture and its role as one of the earliest buildings constructed in central Oakland following the 1906 earthquake.

photo TB-9 is a military surplus modular building located on the campus of the University of California at Davis. It is associated with the Funk Figurative Ceramics movement due to its use by UC Davis art professor and Funk Art pioneer Robert Arneson as a ceramics studio and classroom.

PHOTO West Butte Schoolhouse is a 1908 schoolhouse located near the Sutter County community of Live Oak. Designed by architect James T. Narbett, this schoolhouse brought modern pedagogical theory into practice for students in this rural community, administered by schoolteachers Verona and Eleta Hill.

photo Dr. Franz Alexander Residence in Palm Springs was designed by architect, industrial designer, inventor and builder Walter S. White in 1956 for Hungarian-born Dr. Franz Alexander (1891-1964), one of the country’s leading psychoanalysts. The residence embodies an important tenet of Modernism in exploring the untapped potential of humble materials.

photo American Cash Apartments/American Cash Store is a diminutive example of the Commercial Style that was developed by the Chicago School starting about 1875 and popular for commercial buildings through 1930. Constructed in 1909, it was among the first local purpose-built apartment buildings with ground-floor retail, and as such introduced a new type of residential building to Sacramento.

photo Paso Robles Almond Growers Association Warehouse was rehabilitated and converted to a winery between 2010 and 2014. Constructed in 1922, the building symbolized the success of the almond industry in Paso Robles and promoted the Blue Diamond brand. The diamond-shaped relief borders on each side of the tower are the original borders from the Blue Diamond sign.

photo Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building was remodeled in 1937 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style from a 1927 building. Military insignia are painted around the top of the lobby walls and on the main entry doors to the large auditorium.

PHOTO Whifler House in Burlingame draws upon a delicate floating masonry and steel structure to hang a curtain of glass creating a masterwork of Modernism that is in part a re-imagination of the architect’s boyhood Craftsman home located on the adjacent lot. The home’s well-crafted, cohesive use of wood, steel, masonry, and glass, interior rooms and improved outdoor spaces, including the Japanese garden in the house’s front yard, coexist with one another through the extensive use of floor-to-ceiling planes of transparent glazing.

April 18, 2016 SHRC Meeting

The following nominations were scheduled for the Aprol 18, 2016 SHRC quarterly meeting at the Golden Gate Club, San Francisco Presidio, San Francisco. Eleven properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

Properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places

PHOTOBig Creek Hydroelectric System Historic District is an early twentieth century hydroelectric generation and transmission system that begins on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in Fresno and Madera Counties and extends to urban spheres in Tulare, Kern, and Los Angeles Counties. The district is significant in the areas of Community Planning and Development and Engineering for its association with the physical development of California and its influence on California’s hydroelectric generation industry. Big Creek Continuation Sheets, Part 2 Big Creek Continuation Sheets, Part 3

PHOTOFirst Church of Christ Scientist in Palm Springs, nominated under cover of the Architecture of Albert Frey Multiple Property Submission, embodies the distinctive characteristics of religious architecture associated with the modern movement as interpreted by Albert Frey for the desert environment of the Coachella Valley. Constructed in 1956, the one-story church building is modest in size, exhibiting architectural elements associated with the work of Albert Frey including a shed roof, deep eaves with metal fascia, sandblasted terra cotta colored concrete block construction, large windows, and slender steel posts.

PHOTOHelen Goodwin Renwick House in Claremont is a 1900 late-period Queen Anne home  built for Helen Goodwin Renwick, one of Pomona's early philanthropists. Mrs. Renwick became a patron of the arts, sponsoring many social and cultural events at Pomona College, interested in a variety of fields ranging from writing to physical education.

PHOTOHolbrook-Palmer Estate is a pair of rare Nineteenth-Century agricultural buildings in Atherton, San Mateo County, significant for their architecture.

PHOTOLos Angeles Plaza Historic District Amendment is an amendment to the existing district, first listed in 1972 and updated in 1981. This update reframes the nomination in accordance with modern standards, reclassifies resources as contributors or non-contributors, adds the Plaza Church Cemetery as a contributor and removes the demolished Brunswig Annex.

PHOTOProvidence Townsite
is an 81-acre district in the Providence Mountains of eastern San Bernardino County. The buildings and structures, almost all in a state of ruin, together comprise a nearly intact village clustered near the defunct Bonanza King Mine, one of the great silver mines of the nineteenth century. Practically all of the buildings and structures dating from the period of significance remain in place and are further connected by the town’s original road and trail system. The property is significant in the areas of Settlement, Commerce, Transportation, Architecture, and Archaeology.

PHOTORockhaven Sanitarium Historic District in Glendale was inspired by principles of the Cottage Plan for mental institutions, first developed in the late nineteenth century. The Cottage Plan placed numerous individual buildings within landscaped gardens, in order to create a serene, homelike environment for residents. Rockhaven is one of the best extant examples of an early twentieth century woman-owned, women-serving private sanitarium in the State, and was one of the first of its type in the nation. It reflects the vision of founder Agnes Richards, R.N., and represents a small, significant movement that sought to improve the conditions of mentally ill women in the early twentieth century.

PHOTOView Park Historic District is a neighborhood in suburban Los Angeles County of approximately 1800 single family homes constructed primarily between 1923 and the early 1960s. The district is significant for its role in Los Angeles community planning, and exceptionally significant for its dramatic transition from 1957-1970 from an almost exclusively white neighborhood, restricted by racial covenants, to a predominantly African American neighborhood.

PHOTOWillow Glen Trestle is a wooden trestle built in 1922 by the Western Pacific Railroad to serve industries in San Jose without disrupting the existing residential neighborhood of Willow Glen. The trestle solved the problem of access to West San Jose industries and gave Western Pacific the ability to provide rail transportation to an industrial area of the important fruit growing and canning region previously served only by larger competitor Southern Pacific.

is a steel-framed Mid-century Modern home located in San Mateo, built by developer Eichler Homes from a plan by master architect A. Quincy Jones, landscape architect Douglas Baylis, and civil engineer William R. Mason. The house was an experiment in all-steel construction methods, and it is the only surviving intact example of Eichler steel homes.

PHOTOYountville Grammar School is a Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival style building, constructed circa 1920. Character defining elements include a Mission-style bell tower, a single prominent arched front entry doorway, multi-light wooden casement windows, wooden lintels and lug sills, a red clay tile roof, a hipped, angled bay window, and Spanish Eclectic decorative wooden vents located within the bell tower. One of only three Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival style buildings remaining in Yountville, in 1977 the school was repurposed as Yountville Town Hall.