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Richmond– September 15, 2008

The City of Richmond will be hosting the first of a series of public meetings at the

Nevin Community Center on Thursday, September 25th at 7:00 pm to share plans for

Project PRISM (Preserve Richmond to Interpret and Support Memories), a survey of

historic buildings in three of Richmond’s oldest areas: the Iron Triangle, Santa Fe and

Coronado neighborhoods.

The survey encompasses approximately 2,000 buildings and will be conducted

by professional historians, working with community, City, and National Park Service

representatives, walking the neighborhoods taking photographs and notes. This

information will be accompanied by a report, known as a historic context statement,

which will provide a detailed history of the area. The City intends to use the information

to help guide planning efforts by identifying important historic buildings and potential

historic districts. Importantly, the survey will also seek input from current and former

residents of Richmond by asking them to share their personal memories, old photos and

other information related to the neighborhoods.

“Project PRISM is a landmark effort for Richmond,” says Rosemary Corbin, Chair

of the Richmond Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. “By having local residents

participate in the process we’ll be able to identify historic themes that truly reflect the

community. It will also improve our understanding of the important relationship between

these neighborhoods and the Rosie the Riveter/ World War II Home Front National

Historical Park.”
The survey will be supported in part by a National Park Service Preserve

America grant. Martha Lee, Superintendant of the Rosie the Riveter/ World War II Home

Front National Historical Park, says that Richmond’s history is an important national

story. “The people who lived and worked in these neighborhoods were part of one of the

greatest Home Front efforts in the history of the United States” she says. “This survey

will help us share that story with Richmond’s residents, their children and with park

visitors from across the country.”

Other sponsors of Project PRISM include the Richmond Community

Redevelopment Agency, the Richmond Historic Preservation Advisory Committee,

Richmond Main Street, Inc., Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the

Coronado, Iron Triangle and Santa Fe Neighborhood Councils.

Scheduled for the first community meeting, which will be held in conjunction with

the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council’s monthly meeting, the consultant team of Page

& Turnbull and cultural historian Donna Graves will help describe the survey process, as

well as ask community members to share old photos or other documents relating to

Richmond’s history so that they can be scanned and preserved. Page & Turnbull’s team

of historians and preservation architects will also solicit volunteers to be part of oral

history focus groups, designed to help document personal stories that are important to

the community.

The Nevin Community Center is located at 598 Nevin Avenue in Richmond.

Persons needing special accommodations or more information should call the Planning

Division at (510) 620-6706

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