Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Local Historic Buildings In Redwood City

Now that fall has settled in, and winter is almost upon us, temperatures have dropped and you might find yourself getting cabin fever on the weekends. This is a great time of year to visit the historical buildings, landmarks, and sites that you think about but never get around to. Plus, many of them are beautifully decorated for the holidays, which means your family can enjoy capturing a little more holiday spirit and the essence of times gone by.



Local Historic Buildings In Redwood City

Redwood City has a rich history, beginning with the indigenous Ohlone people, continuing with the Spanish settlement period, and then the westward movement of white settlers. Our town has preserved many elements of this rich history.
  1. San Mateo Courthouse. Redwood City was considered the "County Seat" beginning in 1957. This is one of the reasons we have such well preserved buildings and historical data. The San Mateo Courthouse, now the home of the San Mateo County Museum, was built in 1910 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. This is a perfect one-stop-shop to view fascinating evidence of the past, from Ohlone artifacts, information about native flora and fauna, and extensive historical archives, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy. They are open Tuesdays-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  2. The Sanchez Adobe. Between 1842-46, Don Francisco Sanchez built the Sanchez Adobe as a residence. Over the years it was used as a Roadhouse and an Artichoke packing warehouse. Now the Sanchez Adobe is preserved by the San Mateo County Parks system and is furnished from the original period. You can visit the home and take a tour, or keep yourself updated on a variety of activities you can participate in through the year.
  3. Redwood City Public Library. Our own Redwood City Public Library is also a historic site. Built in 1921, it was originally the Redwood City Fire Station No. 1. Here you can find a an extensive archive of Redwood City's history.
  4. Lathrop House. The Lathrop house was built by Benjamin and Mary Lathrop in the early 1860s. Mr Lathrop was the first County assessor-clerk recorder. He was also one of the founders of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The Lathrop's moved in in 1863 and named the house "Lora Mundi". In 1870 it was sold to General Patrick Edward Conner, and had several other owners throughout the ensuing decades. You can visit the Lathrop House and tour this beautiful historic home which paints a picture of the lifestyle of some of our earliest ancestors. Because it is run completely by volunteers, you may want to call and make a reservation to ensure the house will be open.
  5. Union Cemetery. While not exactly a building, the Union Cemetery does have several large monuments, and you can walk the gravestones and markers which indicate the final resting place for some of Redwood City's earliest residents.
Enjoy a trip through time the next time you have a chance to visit some of Redwood City's historical buildings and landmarks.

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