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City of Santa Cruz Fire Department

Administation / Operations / Prevention Offices

 
 
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Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, August 27, 2022
1. City of Santa Cruz Fire Department Marker
Inscription.  
City of Santa Cruz
Fire Department
Administration / Operations / Prevention Offices
City Council Groundbreaking: August 2000
Keith Sugar (Mayor) • Tim Fitzmaurice (Vice-Mayor) • Katherine Beiers • Michael Hernandez • Christopher Krohn • Cynthia Mathews • Michael Rotkin
City Council Dedication: 2001
Tim Fitzmaurice (Mayor) • Christopher Krohn (Vice-Mayor) • Scott Kennedy • Ed Porter • Mark Primack • Emily Reilly • Keith Sugar

City Manager Richard C. Wilson • Fire Chief Ron A. Prince • Architect RRM Design Group, San Luis Obispo, California • Contractor Ralph Larsen & Sons, Inc., Belmont, California

Sources of Funding: Measure G Fund
General Capital Improvement Fund
Dedicated June 2001

Acknowledgement

This building, designed by famed architect William W. Wurster in 1936, exemplifies his simple, direct approach towards design: restraint in form, economy in construction and focus on satisfying human needs. Born in Stockton, California in 1885, he was encouraged by his family to observe, read and draw. This early
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direction in his life resulted in an unparalleled and prestigious career, which included serving as the dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at M.I.T., dean of the School of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and the first dean of the College of Environmental Design at U.C. Berkeley. Wurster was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy of Arts and Science and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Denmark. Locally, Wurster is best known for his many residential designs including the Gregory Farmhouse in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Hollins House at Pasatiempo. Wurster died in 1973, an honored and loved man whose vision, leadership and deep concern for human values in architecture have been an enduring influence.
 
Erected 2001 by City of Santa Cruz.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1936.
 
Location. 36° 58.377′ N, 122° 1.777′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Walnut Avenue near Center Street, on the right when traveling west. The plaque is mounted to the left of the front doors. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
City of Santa Cruz Fire Department Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, August 27, 2022
2. City of Santa Cruz Fire Department Marker
. John G. Tanner Love Nest (a few steps from this marker); Gosliner Family Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Sheriff Albert Jones House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Frances Morgan's Italianate Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Parr Apartments (within shouting distance of this marker); Carl E. Lindsay House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Frances Morgan's Queen Anne Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Triplett Family House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Santa Cruz Historic Building Survey, Volume II, May 1989, Page 77
"230 Walnut Avenue, Modernistic, 1936-37
Designed by William Wurster, noted Bay Area architect, this commercial building was very forward-looking for the era during which it was built. Although contemporary, the front overhang with simple columns reflects Wurster’s interest in traditional Early California Styles.”
    — Submitted August 29, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.
 
City of Santa Cruz Fire Department image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, August 27, 2022
3. City of Santa Cruz Fire Department
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.

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