Architecture

Santa Rosa's Carnegie Library

Submitted by gskinner on October 30, 2014 - 4:52pm
Public Library, Santa Rosa
After the 1906 earthquake nearly destroyed Santa Rosa's new Carnegie Library -- along with much of the rest of Santa Rosa -- the rebuilt Library rose from the rubble to serve the citizens of Santa Rosa for the next 50 years. Deferred maintenance and a growing population eventually doomed the magnificent building, leading to construction of the current Central Library in 1965. This week's post offers glimpses into the Carnegie era.

More Unidentified Commercial Buildings

Submitted by gskinner on August 7, 2014 - 12:52pm
Unidentified Sonoma County commercial building, circa 1940s

This week's set comes from a large group of unidentified Sonoma County commercial/industrial buildings -- I don't have information about where they might be located, but I'm fairly confident they are (or were) in Sonoma County, and most likely in Santa Rosa or Petaluma. Four buildings -- an apartment or medical building, a Petaluma building probably during demolition, a warehouse under construction or maintenance, and a building with a roller conveyor line visible through the windows.

Unidentified -- in Petaluma?

Submitted by gskinner on April 29, 2014 - 10:23am
unidentified building

We have many, many photographs of different subjects in our collection that we can't identify. We're fairly confident they're Sonoma County shots, but beyond that...? Every so often I spot one that I do recognize and strike it from the long list, but most remain mysteries. This week's set comes from a large group of unidentified Sonoma County commercial/industrial buildings -- I think they may be located in Petaluma or nearby -- and I'm hoping someone can pin a name and location to one or more.

Then & Now

Submitted by krinehart on January 11, 2014 - 5:57pm

It's been nearly two months since my last post. Believe me it hasn't been for lack of subjects. I probably have an idea a day for a blog post. Time of course is an issue. I'm challenged in that I find so many things that interest me. Working here at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library means I'm constantly coming across photos that literally call out to me begging for further research and sharing. As many of you know I'm not one to just look at an image. I have to investigate it for all the stories it may be able to tell. That investigation often leads to "field visits."

The Other Goldman D Street Residence

Submitted by krinehart on June 12, 2013 - 4:02pm

On May 29, 2013, I gave a talk at the Petaluma Library called The Genealogy of a House: A Case Study. We had 82+ attendees. It was great to see so many people interested in Petaluma history, genealogy and architecture.

The focus of the case study was a Dutch Colonial Revival styled house built in 1927 and located at 517 Oak Street, Petaluma.

As part of the presentation I showed images of other homes built during the same period including a Spanish Revival bungalow at 1014 D Street that was built by Walter Singleton, the same contractor who built 517 Oak Street.

McKinley School Has a Birthday

Submitted by krinehart on May 4, 2013 - 5:19pm

In this week's Petaluma Argus Courier there was a story about McKinley Elementary School celebrating it's 100th birthday in style. I read with interest all the great things that are taking place under the leadership of Principal Matthew Harris. It wasn't until a few days later that something occured to me - where did the 100 years come from?

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