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News Release

For Immediate Release: 4/22/2015

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California State Historical Resources Commission To Consider Nine Properties for Action


Jay Correia

(916) 445-7008


San Diego, CA.— Next week, the California State Historical Resources Commission will consider eight 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 Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at the Naval Training Center at Liberty Station, McMillan Event Center Gallery 17, 2875 Dewey Road in San Diego, California.

National Register of Historic Places nominations scheduled for action include:

Anaheim Orange & Lemon Association Packing House

                                                                  Anaheim                                                Orange County

A citrus packing house designed in the Mission Revival style, significant as a physical manifestation of the southern California citrus industry and an architecturally significant example of Mission Revival architecture.

Cypress Street Schoolhouse                Orange                                                  Orange County

Constructed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the 1931 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 (MPS).

Forsythe Memorial School for Girls     Los Angeles                                 Los Angeles County

Also known as the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls, 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.

Hollywood Western Building                Los Angeles                                 Los Angeles County

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                        San Diego County

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.

San Diego Gas & Electric Capistrano Substation

                                                                  San Juan Capistrano                           Orange County

This electrical substation, built 1917-18, was the connecting point between Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric long distance power lines, an important link between two major regional power companies, and the main connection to reliable electric power for the city of San Juan Capistrano for many years.

University of Southern California Historic District

                                                                  Los Angeles                                 Los Angeles County

Originally established in 1880, the district represents the growth and development of USC, an early private institution of higher education in California, over time, guided by three master plans. The district includes buildings constructed from 1880 through 1979.

Von Pfister General Store                     Benicia                                                   Solano County

A Monterey Colonial-type adobe associated with proprietor Edward Horatio Von Pfister (1813-1886), a Benicia pioneer merchant and an influential early community member. The store provided access to supplies and commodities for frontier settlers as well as news, and was associated with the announcement of the discovery of gold in California.

California Register of Historical Resources nominations scheduled for action include:

Cottrell House                                         San Diego                                        San Diego County

A 1963 Hacienda/Rancheria style home designed by master architect 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.


Chicano Park Steering Committee

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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