The fate of the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Church complex (1910 & 1934) is garnering a growing amount of concern. (See my original entry on this.) Rafu Shimpo recently wrote about the situation. Some of those now watching this issue with interest include…
- The California Office of Historic Preservation
- The California Preservation Foundation
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Preserving California's Japantowns (backed by the California Civil Liberties Public Education program and the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council)
- Members of the Orange County JACL
- Members of Wintersburg Presbyterian Church (now located in Garden Grove)
- Dr. Art Hansen, CSUF History Dept.
- Rafu Shimpo (L.A.’s daily Japanese newspaper)
- The Orange County Register
- The City of Huntington Beach Planning Dept.
- The City of Huntington Beach’s Historical Resources Committee
- Many local historians, preservationists and community activists
If you’d like to know when the Environment Impact Report for this project becomes available, contact Ricky Ramos, Associate Planner at the City of Huntington Beach, and ask to be added to the list of individuals to receive notice when the EIR is released for public comment. Ramos can be contacted at (714) 536-5438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BTW, although I couldn’t tell from over the construction fences, Phil Brigandi (who studied this site in the 1970s) tells me that the Manse is still standing next to the 1910 mission building. For a brief history of the church, click here.