Historic board pans plan to move MacArthur Park
Original post made on Dec 6, 2012
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on Dec 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm
How can any plans be made for the Julia Morgan Historic Building and indeed even the whole 27 University Complex until the High Speed Rail Controversy is finalized? Do we move buildings, build towers, moan about traffic and then have a train run through it all?
on Dec 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm
I don't understand how anyone can suggest that the current location of Hostess House is a good one. It's between the railroad tracks, a traffic circle, El Camino and a bus station. ANYWHERE else would be an upgrade. I'm sure that when Julia Morgan approved that site, it didn't look like it does now.
on Dec 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm
If you read the article you'd realize that the site Julia Morgan had in mind was the one currently occupied by the Coldwell Banker offices across the street from Fremont Park in Menlo Park. This building was part of the Army's Camp Fremont training grounds and was moved to it's current location after World War I.
As I recall, Palo Alto paid $1 for the building but covered the cost of cutting the structure into pieces, moving them, and then pasting them back together. I doubt Julia Morgan had any say in the relocation of the building - she was probably just relieved that it wasn't demolished, as happened to most of the structures from the camp.
One of the warehouses that supplied Camp Fremont also survives as the home to both the Oasis and the Menlo Atherton Glass shop. The warehouse was formerly located along Middle Avenue, near the current Safeway, and was moved after the war. Not sure what the owner paid the Army for the building. Both buildings were constructed from virgin redwood so will likely last for centuries if progress doesn't require otherwise.