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Join the RESTORATION CELEBRATION to Commemorate the Start of the Courthouse Façade and Plaza Project

Redwood City, CA - May 11 , 2005 - The historic courthouse in Redwood City, which houses the San Mateo County History Museum under its distinctive stained glass dome, has historically been a well-recognized symbol of the City as the County Seat, and continues in many ways to represent our community to this day. Prior to 1939, when the Fiscal Building was built in front of the courthouse as a Works Project Administration (WPA) project, the courthouse opened its beautiful Roman Renaissance-style portico onto a park on Broadway, that was a centerpiece of downtown Redwood City and San Mateo County.

Today, after years of effort by a multi-agency partnership, we are about to bid farewell to the Fiscal Building, in order to embark on the restoration of the old courthouse façade to its former grace and glory, and construction of a new centerpiece downtown plaza. The official commencement of the project is scheduled for Wednesday May 25th 2005 at 10:30 am, in front of the Fiscal Building at 2200 Broadway between Middlefield Road and Hamilton Street. The public is invited to join the City of Redwood City and the County of San Mateo as we open a new door into the history of our community. Click here to download the event flyer.

For a number of years, property owners, local historic preservation groups, and citizens interested in the revitalization of downtown Redwood City have worked together to develop the concept of restoring the spectacular grandeur of the old courthouse façade, and incorporate a great public space for the community. This, along with other nearby projects, will bring pedestrians and new life and vitality to the Downtown area - a comfortable place for people to gather, meet, and be part of the community. That hard work is now coming to fruition, as we celebrate the start of this project which will remove the fiscal building, restore the old courthouse’s grand façade, and begin the work on the Courthouse Square.

Featured invited speakers at this commemoration are Barbara Pierce, Vice Mayor of Redwood City; Rich Gordon, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors; Ira Ruskin, Member of the State Assembly (represented by aide Nate Pinkston); Greg Munks, Chair of the San Mateo County Historical Association Board; John Anagnostou of the Downtown Business Group; Keith Bautista of DES Architects & Engineers; and Ken Rolandelli, Chair of the Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory Committee. Light refreshments will be served.

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Jeannie Young
Community Development Services
(650) 780-7365

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