The first photo was a random find-but a little internet search turned up the second graphic and Wikipedia (yeah, I know it isn’t gospel but can still be useful) provided the following. I didn’t know a simple photo could lead to something that makes me sad but it sounds like the demolition of this building was quite a loss…
Humboldt Bay Woolen Mill manufactured woolen cloth from 1901 to after World War II. The mill was listed as a National Historic Monument but demolished by the City of Eureka in 1987.
When the Humboldt Bay Woolen Mill was built in 1901, the company was capitalized to $100,000 by several local businessmen including timber mill owner, William Carson,sheep rancher Hugh Webster McClellan, and rancher Robert Porter who continued as Vice-President of the newly formed company. According to the 1902 Illustrated Map of Eureka, the other officers included J.W. Henderson, President and N. McMillan, Secretary.
The Mill manufactured woolen fabrics from 1901 until it closed after World War II. After sitting empty for many years, it was listed on the National Register on 25 June 1982, but it only survived five more years. After the city designated it a dangerous building in 1987, local preservationists and the Eureka Heritage Society tried to get funding to rehabilitate it, but it was torn down in the same year.
The Mill was described as an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture and one of the few industrial buildings historically not associated with timber or fishing. Some architectural features of the Mill were saved by historians before the demolition. The site is currently a chain pharmacy, a grocery store and parking. The destruction of this building rallied community activists to save other historically significant structures in Eureka.
- “National Register Information System”. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- “Robert Porter”. Humboldt County, California – Biographies. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- McDonald, Jill; Jim Morrison, John Disiere and Linda Disiere (2007). “Carson the Man & Times”. Carson Mansion History. The Ingomar Club, Eureka, California.
- “Webster McClellan 1836-December 31, 1911”. Humboldt County, California – Biographies. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- “Draft City of Eureka Historic Preservation Plan”. 10 March 2004. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- Overhold, Ken (Editor) (1987, Second Edition 1994). Eureka: An Architectural Heritage. Eureka, California: Eureka Heritage Society. p. 270.