Bull’s meat market in Arcata

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…

I’ve fallen down and I can’t get up

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…

Humboldt’s too smart to raze buildings

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.

Revival of the Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad

October 20, 2009

From this…

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinidad (built in 1872)


To this…

After restoration

After restoration


 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 in 1970

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.

Old Eureka Courthouse-From beautiful to, well, not so

October 7, 2009
Old Eureka Courthouse

Old Eureka Courthouse


According to a random timeline of Eureka I just found on the internet, this grand old building was destroyed in an 1954 earthquake.

And we went from that, to this:

Eureka Courthouse and Jail, present day

Eureka Courthouse and Jail, present day

Please don’t misunderstand.   I think this is actually a gorgeous photo of a very ugly building… more a hodgepodge of four buildings all kinda mashed together, actually. 

One can’t help but notice the different “feel” of the old building .  And I can’t help but wonder if  the character of Eureka would be different if this historic structure was still standing today.

Different view of the old courthouse

Different view of the old courthouse

Photo of Eureka, 1864

October 1, 2009
E Street, Eureka, 1864

E Street, Eureka, 1864

Sometimes old photos are just cool to look at.