SHRC Registration Actions Taken 2015

The nominations below were reviewed by the State Historical Resources Commission during the year 2015. 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 2015 are downloadable in PDF format below on the right sidebar.

January 28, 2015 SHRC Meeting

The following nominations were scheduled for the January 28, 2015 SHRC quarterly meeting at Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814. Ten properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, including two Multiple Property Documents, and one property was listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

Properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places

PAeneas Sardine Packing Company, located at 300 Cannery Row in Monterey, is significant for its association with the development of Cannery Row, the economic mainstay of Monterey’s industrial and commercial development from circa-1900 to 1955.

PBorland Home is the first property nominated in association with the Historic Resources of Martinez, California MPS, an 1890 house built in the Stick/Eastlake style for dentist John Moore and inherited by his daughter and her husband James Borland. Significant in the areas of Community Planning/Development and Architecture, the property is associated with the growth and commercial development of Downtown Martinez.

PCayetano Juarez Adobe
is an adobe constructed in 1845, located in the city of Napa, Napa County. It was built by Captain Don Cayetano Juarez, a native Californian who established the Tulucay Rancho in 1840 on the eastern side of the Napa River after receiving a land grant from General Vallejo. It is the oldest building in the city of Napa and the last remnant of Don Juarez's rancho.

Historic Resources of Martinez, California Multiple Property Submission documents properties in the incorporated and unincorporated City of Martinez significant for their association with events and persons in the areas of community development, economic development, commerce, agriculture, and associations with ethnic groups that settled in and around Martinez and contributed to the development of Downtown Martinez. Properties may also be significant for their architecture. Contexts include Settlement, Economic Development, Royal Dutch Shell and 1920s-Era Building Boom, and Depression and Post-World War II.

PIntercultural Council Houses is a district of homes in Claremont, California, built between 1947 and 1960 as a racially integrated housing development, an experiment called "Neghbors, Inc." This pioneering civil rights effort to desegregate the city of Claremont created housing opportunities for the city's Latino population. The twelve International Style homes were arranged around a central yard with communal facilities. The home is nominated in association with the Latinos in the Twentieth Century MPS.

PJC Weinberger Winery is a winery built in 1876 for John and Hannah Weinberger, who played an important role in the Napa Valley wine industry until Prohibition closed their doors in 1920. In 1938, master landscape architect Thomas Church was hired to design a residential garden on the property, creating a significant work of landscape design around the restored winery building.

Latinos in Twentieth Century California Multiple Property Submission documents the history of Latinos in twentieth century California and provides a framework for the nomination of associated properties in the contexts of Making a Nation, Making a Life, Making a Living, and Making a Democracy. Properties address the themes of labor, economic justice, struggles for social and political inclusion, arts, politics, and media. They are representative of the geographic and regional divisions of the state, and attempt to balance the urban and rural legacies of Latinos in California.

PLydia D. Killefer School in Orange, Orange County was constructed in 1931, in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It is significant in the area of Social History for its voluntary desegregation in the early 1940s, before California schools were legally required to end Mexican American segregation in 1947. The property is nominated in association with the Latinos in Twentieth Century California MPS. It is also a rare school survivor of the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake.

PNichelini Winery (Amendment) is an amendment to an existing National Register property, identifying the Nichelini Homestead Cabin as a contributing resource. The cabin was the original homestead of pioneer winemaker Anton Nichelini, constructed in 1890 and relocated to the site of his winery a few years later.

POakland Lamp Works, an important remnant of Oakland’s industrial heritage, was constructed in 1912 for the General Electric Company to manufacture light bulbs. The building was recently rehabilitated through the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program.

Properties listed in the California Register of Historical Resources


PWhifler House demonstrates Burlingame architect William Arthur Whifler’s masterful use of wood, steel, masonry, and glass that allows interior rooms and outdoor spaces to coexist in harmony in this California Mid-Century Modern house.

April 29, 2015 SHRC Meeting

The following nominations were scheduled for the April 29, 2015 SHRC quarterly meeting at Naval Training Center at Liberty Station, San Diego, California. Seven properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, and one property was listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

PHOTOAnaheim Orange & Lemon Association Packing House is a Mission Revival citrus packing house designed in the Mission Revival style. Located in Anaheim, Orange County, the packing house is significant as a physical manifestation of the southern California citrus industry and an architecturally significant example of Mission Revival architecture.

PHOTO Cypress Street Schoolhouse
is a 1931 schoolhouse located in the city of Orange. Constructed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the school was involved with civil rights and anti-segregation movements in southern California. Built as a segregated elementary school for Spanish-speaking children, the school is significant in the area of Ethnic Heritage, and is nominated in association with the Latinos in Twentieth Century California Multiple Property Submission.

PHOTO Forysthe Memorial School for Girls
in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles was also known as the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls. Constructed in 1914 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the building was commissioned for the school that occupied it until 1934. The curriculum for grades one through eight emphasized domestic arts, patriotism, and religion, representing attempts by Protestant denominations to homogenize Mexican American culture in Los Angeles. The school is significant in the area of Ethnic Heritage, and is nominated in association with the Latinos in Twentieth Century California Multiple Property Submission.

PHOTO Hollywood Western Building in Los Angeles is an Art Deco commercial mixed-use building, constructed between 1924 and 1929. Designed by architect S. Charles Lee, the building embodies the architectural evolution of Hollywood in the 1920s.

Kwaaymii Homeland (Location restricted) contains the core ancestral homeland sites and locations associated with the Kwaaymii tribe of California Indians. The property is a unique combination of intact ethnographic, tribal, traditional, and archaeological resources described as a cultural landscape.

PHOTO San Diego Gas & Electric Capistrano Substation is an electrical substation building located in San Juan Capistrano, built between 1917-1918. This substation was the connecting point between Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric long distance power lines, an important link between two major regionla power companies, and the main connection to reliable electric power for the city of San Juan Capistrano for many years.

PHOTO University of Southern California Historic District is an early private institution of higher education in California. Originally established in 1880, the district represents the growth and development of USC over time, guded by three master plans, including buildings constructed from 1880 through 1979.

PHOTO Von Pfister General Store
is a Monterey Colonial-type adobe associated with proprietor Edward Horatio Von Pfister (1813-1886), a Benicia pioneer merchant and an influential early community member. As the earliest store in Solano County, the Von Pfister General Store provided access to much needed supplies and commodities for frontier settlers. As a central meeting point for residents and travelers in the area to exchange news and goods, the General Store became associated with the announcement of the discovery of gold in California.

Properties listed in the California Register of Historical Resources

PHOTO Cottrell House is a 1936 Hacienda/Rancheria style home designed by master archtiect Cliff May. The property is a transition from his earlier work in San Diego to his later work with Ranch style homes in Los Angeles.

August 7, 2015 SHRC Meeting

The following nominations were scheduled for the August 7, 2015 SHRC quarterly meeting at Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814. Nineteen properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, including one Multiple Property Document, and three properties were listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

Properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places

The Architecture of Albert Frey Multiple Property Submission (MPS) documents the evolution of Frey’s work from formal abstract European modernism to a new, indigenous desert modernism specific to the Coachella Valley. Frey’s buildings, both before and after World War II, were important contributors to placing Palm Springs on the map as a new frontier for the modern movement. At this time, ten buildings are nominated in association with the MPS under the context “Desert modern design in the Coachella Valley, 1934-1965.”

PHOTO Calaveritas Creek Bridge, constructed by Calaveras County in 1928, embodies the distinctive characteristics of a polygonal top chord Warren pony truss bridge, a rare specific bridge type in California.

PHOTOCarey House (Frey MPS) is a single family residence constructed in 1956. It reflects Albert Frey’s desert modern design philosophy by appearing to float above its sloped and boulder strewn desert landscape. Physical features include deep overhangs, asbestos concrete board cladding, and slender steel pilotis. The design rejects applied ornamentation and historical references.

PHOTODaniel Webster Harrier House, constructed in 1870, is significant for its association with prominent Vallejo businessman Daniel Webster Harrier. The house also exemplifies the slanted-bay Italianate townhouse, a popular late-Nineteenth Century style in many towns and cities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

PHOTODielmann House was built circa 1892 by a German immigrant baker named John Dielmann, and to save it from demolition, moved to its site adjacent to the Offerman House in 1978. Rehabilitated to accommodate a restaurant and attic residential unit, it remains one of the best-preserved Queen Anne-style cottages in Redwood City and one of only a handful of Victorian-era dwellings left in the city center.

PHOTOFire Station 1
(Frey MPS), constructed in 1955, is of terracotta-colored concrete block construction and consists of a low horizontal administrative wing and a taller garage containing two fire engines. The eaves, ceiling, fascia, and entrance are all painted the sage green color associated with Albert Frey. The entire composition is compact, efficient, and elegant.

PHOTOFrey House II (Frey MPS) exemplifies Frey’s design philosophy that a building should meld into its desert environment. After 25 years of looking up at Mount San Jacinto, Frey decided he would live there and look down. After five years to find the right parcel, in 1964 Frey completed his second home at 220 feet above Palm Springs.

PHOTOJudson and Brown Ditch starts in the northeastern corner of Redlands and is the northernmost 1.6 miles of a larger 5-mile irrigation system built in 1881 that allowed Redlands’ development in the otherwise arid San Bernardino Valley. This first example of a paved canal in southern California was an innovative and unprecedented idea that proved to be a model worth replicating by neighboring cities.

PHOTO Kocher-Samson Building (Frey MPS) is important and unique among Frey’s commercial buildings in that it was his first completed project in Palm Springs, is based on the International Style designs that Frey brought from Europe and New York, and does not exhibit the typical architectural features that later came to define Frey’s work after World War II.

PHOTOLCS-102 is a United States Navy Landing Craft, Support (Large)(Mark 3), a shallow draft steel gunboat intended to provide close-in fire support for amphibious landings in the Pacific during World War II. This craft, nicknamed "Yankee Dollar", was completed in February 1945 and served as an anti-aircraft picket during the invasion of Okinawa, in Nagasaki shortly after the Japanese surrender, and in China after the war clearing mines from Chinese rivers.

PHOTOLoewy House (Frey MPS) was designed by Frey in 1946 to take advantage of an extensive boulder pile on the site. A large boulder and a portion of the swimming pool at the entrance to the living room serve to dramatically blur the distinction between outside and inside. Panels of translucent and clear glass enclose a curved dining room at the east end of the swimming pool.

PHOTONorth Shore Yacht Club
(Frey MPS) is located on the north shore of the Salton Sea at the far eastern end of the Coachella Valley. Constructed in 1958, the two-story building is evocative of a ship with its curved prow, tall central mast, and porthole windows facing the water. After falling into substantial disrepair in the 1990s, the building experienced an extensive rehabilitation and reopened to the public in 2010.

PHOTONFWA Headquarters
, located at the edge of the city of Delano, was the first official headquarters of the National Farm Workers' Association, led by Cesar Chavez, during its formative years, until the union moved to larger quarters at 40 Acres. This building was the starting point of NFWA's march from Delano to Sacramento in 1966.

PHOTOOfferman House is a well-preserved example of a Folk Greek Revival-style dwelling, built circa 1857 and remodeled and enlarged in the 1870s, reflecting Redwood City’s evolution into a thriving commercial community. One of only two buildings in the city that survive from the city’s earliest period as a pioneer lumber port, the John Offerman House was named for the locally prominent family that owned it from 1889 to 1973.

PHOTOPalm Springs City Hall (Frey MPS) was one of Clark, Frey and Chambers’ most important public buildings, constructed between 1952 and 1956. The one-story flat-roofed building is divided into two distinct sections, a symmetrical office portion with a wing extending from the rear of the main entrance, and a large council chamber that projects outward toward Tahquitz Canyon Way.

PHOTOPalm Springs Tramway Valley Station
(Frey MPS) was designed by Albert Frey in collaboration with Robson Chambers using a New England style covered bridge as its inspiration. Completed in 1963, the building is a structural truss design of steel frame construction capped by a shed roof. Glass between the trusses provides spectacular views looking up the mountain.

PHOTOSieroty House (Frey MPS) of 1941 was one of the earliest residential commissions Frey received after settling permanently in the desert a few years earlier. The dwelling’s flat roof, deep overhangs, pipe post supports, open carport, large expanses of fixed glazing, and sliding glass doors are elements that appeared throughout his architectural career.

PHOTOTown & Country Center
is an outdoor shopping center with central courtyard designed in the International Style and constructed in 1948. Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, four original buildings were designed by Paul R. Williams and A. Quincy Jones. A fifth building designed by Donald Wexler was constructed in 1955.

PHOTOTramway Gas Station
(Frey MPS) is a one-story former gasoline service station rehabilitated for use as the Palm Springs Visitors Center. The soaring parabolic corrugated metal roof is a design element never repeated by Frey, and the 1965 building serves as a landmark at the edge of the desert.

Properties listed in the California Register of Historical Resources

PHOTOHarry Stewart House is a folk Victorian home located in Ione, Amador County, built in 1863 by Henry Clay and Asenath L King. In 1890 it was purchased by Harry Stewart, who expanded and remodeled the 1865 home. The Stewarts, a prominent Ione business family, lived in the house until 1955.  The building was relocated in 2011 to prevent its demolition.

PHOTOHoxie-Vance Cabin
is a single-story cabin located in Idyllwild, Riverside County. Originally constructed in 1923 with strong elements of Prairie School architecture, the original shingles were replaced with peeled half-logs in 1951. The property is associated with the first wave of speculative development in Idyllwild, a mountain resort, during the 1920s. The Great Depression cut short Idyllwild's growth and the Hoxie-Vance Cabin is one of the few remaining examples of this era.

PHOTOPrescott Allen House is a one and one-half story Craftsman bungalow with a side-gabled roof and a prominent gabled dormer above a porch supported by river rock battered piers. The building was originally located in Santa Ana before relocation in 1981 to Tustin, in order to save the building from demolition as part of Santa Ana's growing commercial district.

October 30, 2015 SHRC Meeting

The following nominations were scheduled for the October 30, SHRC quarterly meeting at Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814. Seven properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, and one property was determined not eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources.

Properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places

PHOTOCA-LAN-001 is recognized as the type site that defines a distinctive archaeological pattern of California prehistory for the archaeological culture known as the Milling Stone Horizon (MSH). MSH is an ancient, unique lifeway that relied more on the gathering and processing of vegetal foods (seeds, nuts, corms, tubers, etc.) and shellfish rather than on the hunting of large game animals. The property is also significant for its contributions to field methodology during the middle of the twentieth century.


PHOTOChateau Pacheteau is an early example of a mountain vineyard farm complex, and illustrates trends in viticulture and agriculture in Napa County during the early twentieth century. The 1906 Chateau was constructed in the Romanesque Revival style, and the accompanying Carriage House designed by William Corlett in the Italian Renaissance style.

PHOTODeWitt General Hospital (Latinos in 20th Century California MPS) is a military hospital constructed outside the city of Auburn in 1943. The property was converted to use as a mental health facility in 1946. It is significant for its role as a military hospital, as an example of World War II military architecture, and for its association with artist Martin Ramirez.

PHOTO Headquarters Administration Building in Big Basin Redwoods State Park is one of the best examples of an administrative facility constructed between 1933 and 1942 and demonstrates an association with the public works programs that oversaw and administratively controlled the development of facilities within state parks during this period. The building has all the major design characteristics of the Park Rustic style including the use of native materials that show hand craftsmanship, a low horizontal massing, and unobtrusive siting. The property meets the registration requirements of two Multiple Property Submissions: The National-State Park Cooperative Program and the Civilian Conservation Corps in California State Parks 1933-1942 and Historic Resources of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

PHOTOLincoln Place Apartments is a district constructed between 1949 and 1951 by Wharton & Vaughn Associates, significant as postwar FHA-insured multifamily housing, and a prominent example of garden apartment architectural design.

PHOTOSan Francisco Art Institute is a 1926 building designed by architects Bakewell & Brown, and a 1969 addition designed by Paffard Keatinge-Clay. The building is significant for its role in the development of American art and art education, specifically the "California School" of Abstract Expressionism and the development of Bay Area figurative art, fine art photography, muralism, avant-garde film, Funk Art and conceptual art.

PHOTOYork House, built in 1892,embodies the distinctive characteristics of Queen Anne style architecture and is associated with the early development of West Napa.

Properties Nominated to the California Register of Historical Resources

 PHOTOSullivan Canyon Historic District is a suburban district in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, intended as a rustic setting close to busy Sunset Boulevard, designed by master architect Cliff May. District contributors include California Ranch style homes, horse trails, hand-split post and rail fences, barns, and wooden speed limit signs. This property was removed from the agenda and withdrawn at the applicant's request.

PHOTO UCLA Faculty Center is a Ranch style building located on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, originally constructed in 1959. The building was designed as part of a master plan for the UCLA campus, in a style that is unique from any other building on the UCLA campus. The building was designed by Welton Becket, in partnership with Austin, Field & Fry, Edward Fickett, and landscape architect Ralph Cornell. This property was determined ineligible for listing in the California Register by decision of the State Historical Resources Commission.