California State Historic Resources Commission to Review Sierra Railroad Stores and Seven Other Properties for Action – The Pine
Sacramento, California… The California State Historical Resources Commission (Commission) will meet virtually this Friday, April 30 at 9 am to review seven nominations for a federal historic designation and an update for a California historic monument. Some of the applications considered by the Commission include the Historic Point Fermin District of Los Angeles County for the Point Fermin Lighthouse and the Battery Osgood-Farley buildings. The commissioners plan to combine the two buildings into a single district. The lighthouse building, built in 1873, is considered for its architecture and its association with shipping. The Osgood-Farley Battery is eligible for its association with the US military defense system. Other properties include the 1939 Nevada County Veterans Memorial Building for its unusual architectural style.
All properties reviewed at the meeting include:
Appointments to the National Register of Historic Places
Point Fermin Historic District
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Two individually listed sites, Point Fermin Lighthouse and Osgood-Farley Battery, are being considered for updating into a single district, including contributory properties around these two buildings. The Osgood-Farley Battery is a Los Angeles Coastal Naval Battery and Observation Station, comprising the Central, Osgood and Farley Batteries, the Radio Compass Generator Building, Base Stations, and Naval Detection Defense Stations. Originally listed in 1974, the battery is eligible for the National Register for its association with the US military defense system. The Point Fermin Lighthouse Station in Los Angeles is a lighthouse building, built in 1873, and the buildings that supported the lighthouse include a coal house and private toilets, a warehouse, and cisterns. The property is eligible for its architecture and for the association with maritime transport. In addition to the expanded boundaries and contributors, the nomination revises the period of significance to 1873-1944, from the original construction of the lighthouse battery to the date of the Osgood-Farley battery decommissioning. .
Sierra Railway Stores
Jamestown, Tuolumne County
The 22.5-acre neighborhood includes the facilities of the Sierra Railway central store building. The facilities, originally built for the maintenance and repair of steam locomotives, freight and passenger cars, include a freight depot, rotunda, auto workshop, turntable and other ancillary equipment. The stores are important to their association with this Eastern California railroad and to the entertainment media arena nationwide. Furthermore, the stores are the most intact and significant example of a “cinema railroad” in the United States, used as a filming location and production facility for films and television of the era. silent cinema until today. The Sierra Railroad Shop team created ingenious “costumes” for their vintage steam locomotives, including different styles of chimneys and pilots, to change the look of the locomotives to suit the setting and the era of particular films, just as makeup and special effects costumes are used by actors. Today the facility is known as Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.
Truckee Veterans Memorial Building
Truckee, Nevada County
The 1939 Veterans Memorial Building was designed by Sacramento architect George Sellon. Designed in an unusual style reminiscent of a Gothic arch, suggesting the stylistic influence of military aircraft hangars or Nissen huts, the Veterans Memorial Building has become a social and community hub for Truckee. In 1959, a steel tower built next to the Veterans Memorial Building to enclose the region’s legendary Rocking Stone, an unusual geologically balanced rock formation, became part of the 1960 Winter Olympics. is nominated for its association with Truckee’s history and remarkable architecture.
The Sea Ranch, Sonoma County
The main house and a guest house were built in the hangar style of the modern movement. The rectangular plan buildings are constructed with a timber frame on a concrete perimeter foundation, with vertical redwood cladding and redwood shingle roofing materials. The property embodies the distinctive features of the style and represents the work of California master architect William Turnbull, Jr., the FAIA and California master builder Matthew D. Sylvia.
Walter and Judith Munk House
La Jolla (San Diego), San Diego County
As a prime example of the modern movement, the buildings in the residential area of Scripps Estates Associates exhibit distinctive features associated with the organic-geometric and post-and-beam subsets of the modern style. The property is the work of regionally renowned artist and architectural designer Judith Munk – who designed the buildings, landscape, theater, and associated artwork – and is associated with some of Dr. Walter H. Munk, as well as Judith and Walter’s Contributions to the Social History of Scripps, the University of California at San Diego, and the La Jolla Community.
Pasadena Avenue Historic District
Pasadena and South Pasadena, Los Angeles County
The leafy residential neighborhood of single family homes sits at the south-central / southwestern boundary of the City of Pasadena and comprises eleven resorts in the City of South Pasadena. A high concentration of intact buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries represent a wide, eclectic array of architectural styles – influenced by the arts and crafts movement centered in Pasadena at the turn of the century – which clearly demonstrate the evolution of the century. residential architecture in Southern California throughout the period of significance 1885-1938.
Winehaven Historic District (reduced limits)
Richmond, Contra Costa County
This nomination updates the 1978 list of a large commercial wine processing, storage and shipping facility on the Potrero San Pablo Peninsula, on the east side of San Francisco Bay. As noted, the district encompassed one hundred acres and fifty-seven resources – a mixture of the buildings and structures of the original winery, and later the construction of the district’s adaptive reuse as a naval fuel depot known as the Point Molate – and is amended to sixty acres with fifty-two resources. The property, characterized by its industrial campus and corporate town, is significant for its contribution to early California winemaking and for its distinctive architecture.
California Landmark (Update)
CHL Carnegie Amendment # 740
Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area, San Joaquin County
Additional historical research and documentation updates are being considered for the City of Carnegie California Historic Landmark # 740. Carnegie was registered as California Historical Landmark (CHL) # 740 on July 5, 1960. Since that designation, additional historical research has shown that the original claim (and the plaque) contained historical inaccuracies. These inaccuracies stem from the amalgamation of historical information regarding the nearby town of Tesla with the history of Carnegie. This request is submitted to correct historical information about Carnegie and to allow approval of an updated plaque.
Applications and photographs of all the properties considered are available online.
The April 30 Commission meeting can be viewed from 9 a.m. on cal-span.org. To provide public comments, the public is invited to register online via the following Zoom link here. Commission meetings are open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities. If special accommodations are required, please contact Jay Correia at [email protected]
Notices and agendas of Commission meetings are available online 10 days before a meeting at www.ohp.parks.ca.gov. Inquiries and written comments on the agenda can be emailed to the Historic Preservation Office at [email protected] or submitted by mail to Julianne Polanco, Historic Preservation Officer of the State at the Office of Historic Preservation, PO Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296-0001.
General inquiries about the Commission are handled by Twila Willis-Hunter. She can be contacted by phone at (916) 445-7052 or at the same mailing address listed above.
Photo caption: Top left: Historic Point Fermin Light Station, Los Angeles County. Top right: Sierra Railway stores in Tuolumne County. Bottom left: Hines House in Sonoma County. Bottom right: Truckee County Nevada Veterans Memorial Buildings.
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