SHRC Registration Actions Taken in 2017
The nominations below were reviewed by the State Historical Resources Commission during the year 2017. 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 3, 2017 SHRC Meeting
The following nominations were scheduled for the February 3, 2017 SHRC quarterly meeting at Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Library and Learning Center, Robert Matsui Federal Courthouse, 501 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814. Ten properties were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
Properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places
Sutter Club , designed by Dean & Dean and Starks & Flanders, the Sutter Club building is perhaps Sacramento’s most important example of Spanish Eclectic Architecture. In addition, as Sacramento’s oldest social club, the Sutter Club is closely associated with the social, cultural, and business development of Sacramento.
Azteca Theater was constructed in 1948 in Fresno’s Chinatown. Under the management of Mexican-born impresario Arturo Tirado, the Art Deco style theater showed films made during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, and was also a venue for personal appearances by many of the leading actors of Mexican film. When in March 1966 César Chavez led striking farmworkers on their march from Delano to Sacramento, they stopped in Fresno, met with Mayor Floyd Hyde at City Hall, and held a rally in the Azteca that featured Chavez and the striking farmworkers.
Grand Central Air Terminal was designed by Los Angeles architect Henry L. Gogerty in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, with an Art Deco air traffic control tower and interior decorative features. The terminal building was put into service in 1929, while still under construction; construction was completed in 1930. It is a rare, intact example of an early aviation passenger terminal and serves as a physical record of events that helped shape the development of air travel and the aviation industry in Southern California.
Grether & Grether Building is a mercantile and industrial building in the center of Los Angeles' manufacturing district. The simplified Beaux-Arts style, six-story, reinforced concrete building, constructed in 1924, reflects the concurrent growth and development of manufacturing with wholesale distribution in Los Angeles during the first half of the twentieth century. Walter Grether, a principal of the building's namesake firm, was president and founder of the Wholesale Institute and helped establish Los Angeles as a major center of manufacturing in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s through the creation of Market Week, a buyers' convention showcasing Los Angeles-made products.
Halcyon Historic District comprised of 130 acres in rural San Luis Obispo County exemplifies a settlement pattern and town planning unique to socialist reformers in the United States from the late nineteenth into the early twentieth century. Halcyon remains much the same physically and in spirit as when it was founded in 1903 by an offshoot of the Theosophical Society in America, who moved to California from Syracuse, New York.. As a part of the large movement toward establishing utopian/intentional communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Halcyon is one of the few remaining such communities in California. The Temple of the People sanctuary, the Blue Star Memorial Temple, was designed by noted architect Theodore Eisen and constructed by Temple members in 1923 and 1924.
Melrose Baptist Church in the Fruitvale district of Oakland is a Spanish Revival style church and attached school. This building includes a 1930 church sanctuary, two-story hall and offices added in 1939, and a two-story school building added in 1949. Church architects Roger Blaine and David Olson’s travels through Spain influenced their choice of style, construction, and decorative materials.
Pan American National Bank of East Los Angeles is the oldest Latino-owned bank in California and emblematic of the economic growth of the Mexican American community in East Los Angeles after World War II. The building’s five-panel mosaic tile mural, entitled “Our Past, Our Present, and Our Future,” is one of the earliest examples of the art form in East Los Angeles and influenced the rise of the Chicano mural movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The bank is also representative of the career of co-founder Romana Acosta Bañuelos, a prominent Mexican American entrepreneur who later became the first Latina Treasurer of the United States.
Point Sur Light Station (Amendment) is an amendment to the existing Point Sur Light Station to include the site of the Poiint Sur Naval Facility (NAVFAC), a Cold-War era SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) facility located southeast of the main light station. This facility was the site of experiments in long-range underwater sound transmission used to identify and monitor Soviet submarines during the Cold War. The amendment also expands the period of significance for the district, and adds two new historic contexts.
Portuguese Chapel of San Diego , or Imperio Capela, is a small wood-framed chapel inspired by similar chapels from the islands of Terciera and Pico, in the Azores. Intended for use in conjunction with the Portuguese Festa, the design also emulates a Portuguese tuna boat. The chapel represents a culturally significant architectural response to an important community festival.
Washington Firehouse is a 1940 Streamline Moderne firehouse located in the Washington neighborhood of West Sacramento. Designed by George Sellon, the building was funded by the Works Progress Administration.