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Eureka in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Arkley Center for the Performing Arts

The State Theater

 
 
Arkley Center for the Performing Arts Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
1. Arkley Center for the Performing Arts Marker
Inscription. Richard Sweasey originally financed the construction of this theater which displays his name. Mr. Sweasey was a businessman in the early days of Eureka. Sweasey served as a member of the California State Legislature and several terms as a Humboldt County Supervisor. He is best known for developing the Eureka water system.

This was one of the most spectacular theaters of its time using some of the finest artisans and materials available. The theater was designed in a “Moorish Revival” style by San Francisco architects, James and Merrit Reid. The Architects also designed the Cliff House and the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

The theater first opened December 16, 1920 as The State Theater and continued to operate until 1971. From 1995 the building remained empty and deteriorating until Cherie and Rob Arkley purchased the property in May 2003.

Cherie and Rob Arkley revitalized this historic landmark beyond anyone’s expectation. All remaining original features were restored and the facility was thoroughly updated to accommodate modern requirements. All renovations were artfully done by Kramer Construction. The center reopened February 2, 2007 with a performance by Kenny Rogers.
 
Erected 2008 by Grand Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West, Humboldt Parlor
Eureka Historical Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
2. Eureka Historical Landmark Plaque
-1920-
State Theater
Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture
Built for Richard Sweasey; F.T Georgeson, of Reid Brothers Architect,
vaudeville, then cinema
Highly ornate façade

Eureka Historic Landmark

This program possible through a partnership with
property owners Rob and Cherie Arkley, Eureka Main Street,
and the Eureka Heritage Society
#14 and Ferndale Parlor #93 NSGW.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 40° 48.157′ N, 124° 9.907′ W. Marker is in Eureka, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is at the intersection of G Street and Laura Lane, on the right when traveling south on G Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 412 G Street, Eureka CA 95501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First National Bank/Professional Building (1918) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eureka City Hall (about 400 feet away); N.S.G.W. Hall (about 500 feet away); Ritz Building (about 500 feet away); Needs/Williams Building (about 700 feet away); Buhne Building (about 700 feet away); Oberon (about 700 feet away); St. Bernard Catholic Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eureka.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Keep Eureka Beautiful Plaque image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
3. Keep Eureka Beautiful Plaque
Award of Merit
2007
Arkley Center for the Performing Arts Markers image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
4. Arkley Center for the Performing Arts Markers
Grand K.9 Sutter showing the plaques on The State Theater
Arkley Center for the Performing Arts Markers image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
5. Arkley Center for the Performing Arts Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 24, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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