Livable Mountain View Announces Success in Campaign to Preserve Historic Buildings

California State Historical Resources Commission Deems Weilheimer House, Former Air Base Laundry in Downtown Mountain View Eligible for Historic Register
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - July 25, 2019 - PRLog -- Livable Mountain View, a volunteer community group dedicated to the sustained livability of Mountain View, today announced the successful completion of its campaign to assign historical designation to two historic buildings in the city's downtown.  The California State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) determined the Weilheimer House (presently home to Chez TJ restaurant) and the former Air Base Laundry building (now the site of the Tied House Cafe and Brewery) are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, following Livable Mountain View's formal nomination of each building for historic designation.  Both the Weilheimer House and former Air Base Laundry building, located adjacent one another in Mountain View's historic downtown business district, are now listed on the California Register of Historical Resources.

Appointed by the Governor of California, the SHRC is a nine-member state review board responsible for identifying, registering and preserving California's cultural heritage.  Its members include experts in history, prehistoric archaeology, architectural history, and restoration architecture.  During its public hearing in Sacramento earlier this year, the SHRC reviewed Livable Mountain View's nominations, which included extensive written documentation and visual materials supporting the historical and architectural significance of the Weilheimer House and former Air Base Laundry.  The commission then voted 7-0 -- two commissioners were absent -- to support the buildings' eligibility and later rendered formal decisions on both.

The SHRC hearing was video-recorded and is available to view online at (The Weilheimer House and Air Base Laundry segment begins at the 55-minute, 30-second point.)

"Working toward and achieving eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places like this serves as a powerful example of what a concerned, involved community can accomplish," said Carole Whitacre of Livable Mountain View's Steering Committee "It's a wonderful outcome for the residents of Mountain View, its historic downtown and all those who value preserving the city's rich heritage and historic treasures."

The Weilheimer House was built in 1894 by Julius Weilheimer, son of Seligman Weilheimer, a German-Jewish immigrant who in 1853, along with his brother, settled in what then was known as Mountain View Station.  Built in 1931, the Air Base Laundry was designed to match the thirty Spanish Revival buildings located at nearby Moffett Field, all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

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