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For Immediate Release: 1/22/2015

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California State Historical Resources Commission To Consider Twelve Properties for Action


Jay Correia

(916) 445-7008


Next week, the California State Historical Resources Commission will consider eleven nominations for federal historic designation, and one nomination for state historic designation. Nominations and photographs of properties under consideration are available at

The Commission will meet on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in the Sacramento City Hall Council Chamber at New City Hall, 915 I Street, 1st Floor, in Sacramento, California.


National Register of Historic Places nominations scheduled for action include:


Latinos in Twentieth Century California Multiple Property Submission; Statewide, Multiple Counties

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.


Forsythe Memorial School for Girls; Los Angles, Los Angeles County

Also known as the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls, it is located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. 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 MPS.


Lydia D. Killefer School; Orange, Orange County

The school 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.


Intercultural Council Houses; Claremont, Los Angeles County

A district of homes built between 1947 and 1960 as a racially integrated housing development, an experiment called “Neighbors, 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 district is nominated in association with the Latinos in the Twentieth Century Multiple Property Submission.


Cayetano Juarez Adobe; Napa, Napa County

An 1845 adobe 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.


JC Weinberger Winery; Napa, Napa County

The winery was 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.


Nichelini Winery (Amendment); Napa, Napa County

This 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.


Aeneas Sardine Packing Co.; Monterey, Monterey County

Located at 300 Cannery Row, the property 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.


Oakland Lamp Works; Oakland, Alameda County

An important remnant of Oakland’s industrial heritage, 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.


Historic Resources of Martinez, California Multiple Property Submission; Martinez, Contra Costa County

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.


Borland Home; Martinez, Contra Costa County

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.


California Register of Historical Resources nominations scheduled for action include:


Whifler House; Burlingame, San Mateo County

The 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.

The public may present oral statements at the hearing at the appropriate time. Written comments about any subject on the agenda may be submitted to Carol Roland, State Historic Preservation Officer, Office of Historic Preservation, Post Office Box 942896, Sacramento, California 94296-0001. Inquiries may be directed to Recording Secretary Twila Willis-Hunter by phone at (916) 445-7052, by fax at (916) 445-7053 or by mail to the State Historical Resources Commission, Post Office Box 942896, Sacramento, California 94296-0001. Notices and agendas for the Commission’s workshop and meeting are available at ten days before the meeting.

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