December 7, 2009
Bull's Meat Market
I don’t that a business strictly dedicated to the sale of meat would go over so well in Arcata today, but this sure is a great old photo.
If you click the photo, and then keep clicking, you’ll be able to enlarge it enough to see all the great detail. The ranch hand figures on top of the racks, hanging sausages, great brass lights, and even the photos on the door between the two men on the left…. The butcher block at the end of the counter on the right just looks like a piece of log sanded down and the weights at the far right of the scale were huge…
December 3, 2009
Okay, maybe every once in a while there is a building that can’t be saved. The source of the photo was Humboldt State University, so this was likely around here somewhere.
It also looks like silt has built up around the front of the first building… Flood? Exceptionally high tide?
I wish I knew where this was and if any structures in the background are still standing…
December 2, 2009
I receive This Old House magazine and one of the “Thirty lessons learned in 30 years of TOH TV” is that restoring an old house is a good investment.
The article points out that not long ago (1970s) razing old buildings to make way for “progress” was common. Many local buildings, such as the original Arcata City Hall, were lost this way (the photo below is a repeat, I know, but what a great old building).
Original Arcata City Hall
Fortunately, many things have changed (and few Humboldt residents had the funds to flatten old buildings and construct new ones from scratch). Today we have many wonderful historic structures in the area.
Just yesterday I worked for a client who has his office in the Stewart School Building in Arcata (across from the high school). The building was built in 1925, closed some time ago as a school, was repurposed as office and studio space, and just became the new home of College of the Redwood’s Arcata extension program.
Hopefully this trend of repurposing historic structures will continue. Not because we’re too poor to destroy old structures to create new buildings, but because we’re too smart to.
October 20, 2009
I don’t know who was involved in restoring the old church, but the results are nothing short of amazing.
It is a shame the folks in Arcata were not as successful in their efforts to save this one.
Old Arcata City Hall, torn down about 1970
I believe the Historical Sites Society of Arcata was formed after the destruction of this beautiful building to prevent the loss of other historical resources in that community.