SHRC Registration Actions Taken in 2018
The nominations below were reviewed by the State Historical Resources Commission during the year 2018. 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.
February 2, 2018 SHRC Meeting
The following nominations were scheduled for the February 2, 2018 SHRC quarterly meeting at the State Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, California. Nine properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and one property was nominated to the California Register of Historical Resources.
Properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places
Miles C. Bates House in Palm Desert has a striking double curve roof, a patented system integrating two wooden profiles and clad with a cementos covering, supported by a modular steel framing system. Master architect, inventor, and builder Walter S. White echoed the profile of the mountain range in the distance, demonstrating his sensitivity to site and setting. The period of significance is 1955, the year of construction.
Coit Memorial Tower (Amendment) updates the 2008 nomination to document Coit Tower at the national level of significance for its association with the extraordinary permanent exhibition of federally funded art created through the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). The Coit Tower mural project was the single largest PWAP venture in the country, and the most ambitious test of whether federally funded arts programs could work.
The Integratron is a circular, wooden two-story hemispherical umbrella dome structure located in Landers, San Bernardino County. Designed and built by George Van Tassel and Howard Peyton Hess, the Integratron is the central feature of the College of Universal Wisdom, whose construction began in 1956 and modifications continued until Van Tassel's death in 1978. The Integratron was intended as a high-voltage electrostatic generator intended to facilitate healing, anti-gravity, and time travel, according to Van Tassel. The property is significant for its association with UFOlogy (the study of Unidentified Flying Objects), the life of prominent UFOlogist Van Tassel, and for its architecture, inspired by aircraft and hangar design and Van Tassel's theories about anti-gravity, magnetism, and static electricity. Integratron Photos Part 1 Integratron Photos Part 2
Lake Norconian Club Historic District (Amendment) expands the existing Lake Norconian Club historic district to include the Naval Hospital/Naval Surface Warfare Center built around the Lake Norconian Club resort between 1942 and 1947, including both standardized military base buildings and new buildings designed by Lake Norconian Club architect Claud Beelman. The amendment incorporates new areas of significance associated with medicine, military history, social history, and expanded architectural context, extending the period of significance to 1965.
Napa County Infirmary is significant for its association with the development Napa County’s government institutions during the early twentieth century. The district consists of three buildings arranged on a crescent-shaped drive, inspired by the “cottage plan” for hospitals, asylums, and orphanages that gained popularity in the late nineteenth century.
San Francisco Central YMCA was listed in 2009 as a contributor to the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District. The 1910 Italian Renaissance Revival style building is individually eligible for its architecture, for its role as the lead branch of the San Francisco Metropolitan YMCA, and as the birthplace of the Golden Gate University, one of a few universities that can tie their origins to the educational programs offered at a local YMCA.
Torrey House is a 1911 Craftmsan bungalow designed by Willard G. Scott and Gardiner Crandall, built in 1911 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County. The property is associated with the lives of Carrie and Joseph Torrey, both of whom were influential figures in the community of Long Beach in the early twentieth century.
The Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District is associated with second wave feminism, one of the late twentieth century’s most consequential social movements. Women’s centers were especially important manifestations of this grassroots movement for gender equality and social transformation. Maestrapeace, the mural that envelops the building’s main façades, visually communicates the organization’s mission of supporting and celebrating women across time and around the world.
Westminster Presbyterian Church and Cemetery is associated with the pioneer history of eastern Solano County. The 1871 building embodies the distinctive characteristics of the Greek Revival style as applied to a modest community church, and is a rare, surviving example of volunteer-built nineteenth century churches in California’s central valley.
Properties nominated to the California Register of Historical Resources
Glendale Civic Auditorium, in Los Angeles County, was designed by J.A. Grundfor with funding from the Works Progress Administration, associated with the growth of Glendale in the late 1930s. The property received later alterations in 1949, 1950 and 1964. The building is a noteworthy symbol of Glendale's growth during and following the Great Depression.
May 17, 2018 SHRC Meeting
The folloiwng nominations were scheduled for the May 17, 2018 SHRC quarterly meeting at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California. Nine properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, and one hearing for relocation of a listed property was held.
Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles Multiple Property Submission (MPS) The Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles County sought to redirect Mexican American energies toward fighting for social justice at home and in turn redefine the nature of Mexican American patriotism. While the Chicano Moratorium was technically short-lived—its main organization, the Chicano Moratorium Committee, existed from late 1969 to early 1971—its significance was far reaching. Moratorium activists assumed a key leadership role in the Southern California antiwar movement. Their ideology helped push the Latino civil rights movement toward cultural nationalism. Their protest actions were groundbreaking, culminating in the march and rally of August 29, 1970, the largest mass protest of Mexican Americans in history to that date. While that dramatic rally began in exuberance and hope, it ended in violence and tragedy, vividly illustrating the problem of police brutality, which Chicano activists had vigorously critiqued. The Moratorium Committee disintegrated shortly thereafter, leaving an important legacy in the realms of Latino political activism and thought. Properties associated with the Chicano Moratorium Multiple Property Submission include march districts and individual buildings.
Chicano Moratorium March December 20, 1969 from Five Points Memorial in the City of Los Angeles to Obregon Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles drew attention to the historic contributions of the Latino community to the United States military in past wars and to the disproportionate sacrifices of the community in the Vietnam War. The success of this march garnered public support and attention for the Chicano movement and subsequent Chicano Moratorium marches.
National Chicano Moratorium March August 29, 1970 in unincorporated East Los Angeles—from Belvedere Park down Atlantic and Whittier Boulevards to a rally in Laguna Park—channeled anti-Vietnam War sentiment to draw attention to domestic issues affecting the Chicano community. The peaceful rally turned into a major conflict between protestors and police officers and sheriff’s deputies. The violent outcome, including the death of prominent journalist Ruben Salazar, convinced many Chicano activists and community members to focus on the unique struggles of the Chicano community and was a milestone for organizing the Chicano community around struggles for equality.
Top Hat Hot Dog Stand is a rare and intact example of a postwar roadside commercial walk-up hot dog stand, specifically reflecting California roadside architecture. It represents the very beginning of postwar American fast food culture, by reflecting the independently owned, entrepreneurial stands that have been eliminated by the national and regional fast food chains.
Cunningham-Hembree Estate was one of the foundational homesteads on which much of the developing town of Windsor, Sonoma County was located and through which major historic transportation routes ran. The property is associated with the Cunninghams, one of Windsor’s founding families, and descendant families, each of which contributed to the physical and civic development of Windsor.
Hotel Fresno, the oldest extant hotel in Fresno, is a seven-story, plus partial basement concrete building. Constructed in 1912 by Edward T. Foulkes and rising almost 86’ above the sidewalk, Hotel Fresno was considered a high-rise at the time of its construction.
Fireman’s Fund Home Office reflects mid-twentieth-century modernist design principles as envisioned by masters in the field of design and engineering. It is significant as one of the principal embodiments of the postwar decentralization and suburbanization of San Francisco. The building is also significant for its association with Fireman’s Fund, a company known for its embrace of new ideas, one the largest insurance companies in the United States and the only major insurance company headquartered in San Francisco.
Brown Beret Headquarters (Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles Multiple Property Submission) is a two story mixed use building located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Originally constructed in 1923, the building became the headquarters of the Brown Berets, a militant community group that advocated for equal opportunity for Chicano/as, from June 1969 until June 1970, during the period of the Chicano Moratorium.
El Barrio Free Clinic (Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles Multiple Property Submission) is a single story commercial building in East Los Angeles, built in 1926 with subsequent additions. Established by the Brown Berets in 1969, the Free Clinic provided healthcare and healthcare information to the nearby community during the years 1969-1970, the period of the Chicano Moratorium.
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is a two-story auditorium designed to resemble the Mission San Antonio de Padua, designed by Arthur B. Benton in 1921 and completed in 1927 by the firm of Dodd and Richards. The theater was built to house John Steven McGroarty's The Mission Play, its architecture evocative of the themes of Mexican California as expressed in the production.
Crosby Building was the headquarters of Bing Crosby Enterprises, constructed in 1936-37 in a mixture of Art Deco and Colonial Revival styles. The building is associated with the lives of entertainer Bing Crosby and inventor John T. Mullin and the development of video tape recording technology.
Cucamonga Service Station (US Highway 66 in California MPS) is a 1915 Spanish Colonial Revival gas station located along historic Route 66 in the city of Cucamonga.
PCF 816 is a "Patrol Craft Fast" Mark II, also known as a "Swift Boat," fabricated by Seawart Seacraft in 1968. Primarily used in Vietnam for river patrols, PCF 816 was used as a training craft in San Diego for approximately two years. About one-sixth of the American personnel who served on Swift Boats during Vietnam trained aboard this craft.
Saticoy Southern Pacific Depot is located in the unincorporated community of Saticoy, in Ventura County. Built in 1887, the depot is a standardized No. 17 Two-Story Combination Depot, built by Southern Pacific Railroad and exhibiting the Western Stick architectural style. The depot became the center of this late 19th Century boomtown, acting as a cornerstone to the rural community due to its important transportation link to regional and national markets.
Benjamin Lathrop House, located in Redwood City and constructed by Benjamin Lathrop in 1863, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1973 as a significant example of Gothic Revival Architecture. In order to maintain the house’s National Register status, the County of San Mateo, the owner of the property, is seeking permission to move the house approximately one block.