National recognition by First Lady Michelle Obama celebrates accomplishments in preserving special places
REDWOOD CITY, CA., July 15, 2016— The City of Redwood City announced the designation by Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Communities. Redwood City is rich in history and one of the oldest cities on the San Francisco Peninsula. Originally a port town during the Gold Rush, Redwood City became the County Seat of the newly formed San Mateo County in 1856 and was incorporated as a city in 1867. In 2017, the City of Redwood City will celebrate its 150 year anniversary and a community celebration is being planned to honor the City’s past and celebrate its future.
“President Obama and I want to congratulate all of the Preserve America Communities and thank them for their commitment to protecting and strengthening America’s cultural and natural heritage,” Mrs. Obama said.
The City of Redwood City has three designated historic districts: Main Street, Stambaugh-Heller, and Mezesville. The City is honored to have eleven properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including: Union Cemetery, Redwood City Historic Commercial Buildings (comprised of Diller-Chamberlin Store at 726 Main Street, Bank of San Mateo County building at 2000 Broadway, Fitzpatrick building at 2020 Broadway, San Mateo County Building and Loan Association building at 2022-2024 Broadway), Lathrop House, Sequoia Union High School, San Mateo County Courthouse, New Sequoia Theater Building, or its more known name the Fox Theater, Offerman House and Dielmann House. Over 120 formally recognized houses, structures and historically significant places reside within its borders.
To celebrate this recent national designation and distinction and to prepare for the City’s sesquicentennial, the City will begin a monthly historic blog series on Monday, July 18, 2016 to showcase the City’s preservation efforts and educate the community on the many historic places within Redwood City.
The Preserve America program became an authorized part of the national historic preservation program when President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 on March 30, 2009. With this group of designations, 904 Preserve America Communities have been designated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories, including historic neighborhoods within large cities, and tribal communities.
The Preserve America program is a federal effort to encourage and support community efforts to preserve and enjoy America’s priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past; strengthened regional identities and local pride; increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets; and support for the economic vitality of our communities.
For more information visit www.achp.gov and www.preserveamerica.gov.
For more information about the City of Redwood City’s history, visit: www.redwoodcity.org
About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org, or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter and http://facebook.com/CityofRedwoodCity.