JULY 26, 2007, BOARD OF DIRECTORS and MEMBERS’ MEETING (and Minutes of the June 21, 2007, Awards Dinner Meeting)
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President’s Message - John J. Hodges:
Thank you all for your participation at our June Awards Dinner for 2007. From sailboats to B&B's, this year's awards are outstanding and are all examples which raise the standard of excellence required by CHC. We have attached the list and description of these exceptional architectures to this Newsletter but I wanted to also make some comments about our pursuit of time honored attributes of good architecture and awarding recognition to standouts.
First of all we have respect for the past. There are attributes to architecture that have "classical acceptance." For example the form should be pleasing to the eye. The entrance should be inviting. Natural light and ventilation are obvious positive points. Incorporating sustainable materials in construction and the reuse of original materials come to mind. And we could dwell for many words on any of these attributes.
But I would like to devote my remaining time of your attention span on a seldom-discussed aspect of modern buildings. In today's world almost anything designed to offend the average middle-class observer is considered "cutting edge." I am not talking only about the modernist junk that passes for quality art at the snooty downtown galleries. Much of that stuff is designed to flame society, throw rocks and worse at images of Presidents and religious figures and is ridiculous. It has little lasting value, violates rules, and is cruel to the viewer. It is cruel because it writes off the viewer as contemptible, not capable of understanding, and simply passé.
Frederick Hart (designer of the Vietnam Memorial) may have said it best and let me paraphrase: "Deliberate destruction of the classical ideals of grace and beauty characterize much of the architectural art of the twentieth century..The current philosophy and practice of art thrives on deliberate contempt for the public. An offended public is a critical necessity for the attainment of credentials. Once under the banner of beauty and order, art and architecture were a rich and meaningful embellishment of life, embracing-not desecrating- its ideals, its aspirations, and its values." Not so today.
So when I see a restored classic design whether a sailboat on the bay, a carpenter Gothic meeting hall, or a proud old courthouse, I see harmony with nature and design excellence promoting our way of life. So congratulations to our 2007 winners and welcome to our "trendy" circle and family of great architecture.
Those of you who are web savvy can now review a selected list of past awards by signing on to our web site at "californiaheritagecouncil.org". And we have attached the home page of the new web site to this newsletter (this newsletter is black and white, while the web site is in beautiful color).
Remarks of Board Chair, Gary Widman:
Thank you to those many members who spoke to me with your support and concern over the three Presidio Lodging proposals, and thanks for your very positive reaction to my article taking the Presidio Trust to task. I am very concerned that the Presidio Trust is almost completely ignoring the historic values that were the reason for making the Presidio a National Park. It was supposed to be a "public trust" to protect a unique historic site and resource for all the public, for all time. To date, it has not demonstrated that it understands that role. In response to my CHC article, a Presidio Trust Board member, and the Trust's Executive Director met with Red Kernan and with me, to tell us that the Trust has now hired a museum consultant whose task will be to initiate studies to document the need and potential role for a museum or heritage education center. That of course is a great first step. But, we now need to have that study started, and completed study will be done in time to have an effect on the Main Parade and Presidio Lodging proposals, their planning and approval. We need to be assured that it will actually lead to better protection and interpretation of the Presidio's unique historic values, and presentation of the Presidio and American history so urgently needed by the public. On a totally different subject, you may be interested to know that someone, (identity unknown at this writing) has contracted, or wishes to contract, with Andy Goldsworthy (of "Rivers and Tides" fame) to do an art project within the Presidio forest. Their plan is to construct a series of 75 foot tall "spires", each made up of many cut eucalyptus logs, along a Presidio ridge line. Red and I should have received more information on this project by the time of the July meeting. I look forward to seeing you there.
Minutes of the June 21, 2007 Awards’ Dinner Meeting at the old Presidio Golf Club:
The evening began at 6:00 PM with a cocktail hour graciously hosted by Board member and Vice President, Betty Ann Prien. 78 members and guests attended.
Dinner began at 7:15 PM with a welcome by President John Hodges and Invocation by Dr. Susan Walima.
Allie Huberty announced the 2007-2008 Slate of Officers and new Board Members:
President: John Hodges
Executive Vice President: Winchell Hayward
Secretary: Dianne Rowe
Treasurer: Yusuf Uraiqat
Executive Director: Dianne Rowe
Chair of the Board: Gary Widman
Vice Presidents remain the same as last year with the addition of William Applegate and Christopher Layton.
The Board of Directors remains the same as last year with the addition of Marsha Calegari and Bill Palmer, both of San Francisco County.
Christopher Layton and web designer Curtis Winslow briefly described CHC’s new web site “californiaheritagecouncil.org” and displayed a blown up picture of the home page. President John Hodges began the presentation of awards for the evening:
FINNISH TEMPERANCE HALL, 4090 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. Built by the United Finnish Brothers and Sisters Lodge #5 in 1889, it was replaced in 1905 as present day “Finn Hall.” It was originally a meeting hall for the Finnish community, most of whom worked in Rocklin’s granite quarries which supplied much of the granite used in San Francisco buildings and many other California buildings. It was bought by the City of Rocklin in 1965 and is used today for many of Rocklin’s social functions. School graduations and Christmas programs, receptions, dances and fraternal meetings are held here. It was restored in 1989, and granted California landmark status in 1991. This award was nominated by Dr. Susan Walima, Finlandia Foundation Liaison to California Foothills, and accepted by the Vice-Mayor of Rocklin, Brett Storey.
BLACK WITCH, 38' Gaff Rigged Sloop, Sausalito. Ralph Winslow designed this yacht in 1931. It was built in 1949 at the Wilmington Boat Works in Newport Beach, CA. Rick Hastie bought Black Witch in 2003 and did a complete restoration at the Arques Ship Yard in Sausalito. She is made of oak, Port Orford Cedar and teak. Black Witch will be shown in the Corinthian Yacht Club Wooden Boat Show June 23-24, 2007. This award was nominated by John Hodges and accepted by its owner, Rick Hastie.
DANA ADOBE, 671 South Oakglen, Nipomo. The Dana Adobe was constructed between 1839 and 1851 and is the most historically significant residence in San Luis Obispo County. It is State Historic Landmark No. 1033 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its architect and builder, Captain William G. Dana of Boston, through his associations with other men and women of his era, influenced the history of California both before and after statehood. Rancho Nipomo was famous for its hospitality and as the central exchange point for the first U.S. mail route on the west coast. Its ongoing restoration is being done inside and out. Adobe bricks have been handmade and installed where necessary. Rooms are decorated appropriately for the 1850's. The Rancho Nipomo Historical Park is open to the public and visitors can wander from one to another of the small workshops near the old adobe, all rebuilt where they once stood. Visitors can watch craftspeople weaving textiles, creating furniture, producing soap, candles and saddles. There are farm animals for children to see. It is an educational, non-profit organization and has been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as an official project of Save America’s Treasures. This award was nominated by Allie Huberty and accepted by Kathy Kubiak, Executive Director, Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos.
NAPA COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 825 Brown Street, Napa. The Courthouse was built in 1878-79 in the Italianate, Renaissance architectural style. The architect was William H. Corlett. It remains a functioning courthouse and has recently undergone an extensive restoration. This award was nominated by John Ritchie and accepted by Kristie Sheppard, Executive Director, Napa County Historical Society.
GREEN GABLES, Woodside. This 75 acre estate is one of America’s most historically significant garden and architectural landscapes. It is protected and preserved in perpetuity under a conservation easement. This gift was donated by Delia Ehrlich Fleishhacker, David Fleishhacker and Mortimer Fleishhacker to the Garden Conservancy in 2004. It secures its preservation by permanently restricting current or future owners from subdividing or further developing the property. It ensures that Green Gables will remain intact, no additional homes will be constructed on the property, and that the historic gardens, buildings, and landscape will be preserved and maintained as a living example of an Arts and Crafts masterwork by the great California architect, Charles Sumner Greene. Of note is that one house on the property was designed by William Wurster, one of CHC’s incorporating directors. Green Gables is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This award was nominated by Gary Widman and accepted by Mortimer Fleishhacker.
STARR HOUSE, 405 East H Street, Benicia. This 1850's house is a unique example of a Carpenter Gothic kit house shipped around the Horn from New England during the Gold Rush. One of only two Gothic homes in Benicia, it is a near-exact replica of the Carpenter Gothic “Cottage VII” in Andrew Jackson Downing’s Architecture of Country Houses, the definitive style book of the Carpenter Gothic movement, originally published in 1850. There are many legends attached to this house, but they are difficult to verify. Folklore states that this house was the residence of Peter Burnette, first Governor of California. It is also believed to have been Governor Bigler’s residence while in Benicia for his inauguration at the State Capitol on West G Street. Documents bearing the great seal of the state were found inside the walls of the building, evidently being used as insulation. The current owners have spent the last 6 years meticulously restoring the home to its original state. This award was nominated by Reed Robbins and accepted by James and Douglas Robertson.
TALLMAN HOTEL, 9550 Main Street, Upper Lake. The original Tallman House Hotel was built on the current site in the 1870's by Lake County pioneers Rufus and Mary Tallman. The hotel was part of a full-service facility consisting of hotel, livery stable and saloon designed to serve passengers traveling to Clear Lake and the nearby hot springs resorts. In 1895 it burned to the ground and the next year Tallman reconstructed the 17 room hotel.. The Blue Wing Saloon was closed and torn down during Prohibition in the early 1920's. Lynne and Bernie Butcher bought the Hotel in 2003 and were determined to authentically restore the building to its former glory. Using period photographs as a guide, they also rebuilt the Blue Wing Saloon and Café next door. Great care was taken to retain, recondition and reuse original materials and to maintain the essential soul of the old hotel building. Not only is the hotel a successful example of restoration, the project has also acted as a catalyst in the economic revitalization of the historic town of Upper Lake. This award was nominated by Christopher Layton and accepted by Lynne and Bernie Butcher.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:30 PM.
CALENDAR OF FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
(Please mark your calendar):
August: A CHC Board of Directors and Membership meeting will not be held this month.
Sept. 27: Thursday 4:00 PM: CHC Board of Directors & Membership Meeting. Location will be announced.
Oct. 25: Thursday 4:00 PM: CHC Board of Directors & Membership Meeting. Location will be announced.
Nov. 29: Thursday 4:00 PM: CHC Board of Directors & Membership Meeting. Location will be announced.
Dec.6: Thursday 6:00 PM: CHC Annual Holiday Dinner, Old Presidio Golf Club