The Foundation was established in
response to a massive 1960's era
redevelopment project that leveled 24
blocks of the City center including
architectural treasures such as the
Carnegie Library, demolished in 1969.
Increased public awareness of the
importance of historic preservation
contained the demolition from spreading
into the adjacent historic neighborhoods.
The Foundation spearheaded the efforts to
list the Heritage Historic District in the
National Register of Historic Places, put in
place a Historic Preservation Ordinance and establish the City's Architectural Heritage and
Landmarks Commission…a jurisdictional body charged with enforcing the Secretary of the
Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Recently, the Foundation served as
the local partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in negotiating an agreement
with the City of Vallejo and Lennar Mare Island to avoid negative impacts to Mare Island's
historic resources while allowing development to proceed.
Finally, the Foundation offers
educational programs to increase public awareness about Vallejo's vibrant architectural heritage.
The Vallejo Architectural Heritage Foundation's offices are located in the rehabilitated Heritage
House at 419 Farragut Avenue between Sacramento Street and Wilson Avenue. The Eastlake
cottage, once located on Marin Street in the downtown, was scheduled for demolition. It was
donated to the Foundation by Senator Luther Gibson and was moved to its current location in