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.