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National Register of Historic Places
in Richmond

Richmond is home to nine sites which have been honored by placement on the National Register of Historic Places. All these sites have been officially recognized as having outstanding historic value and significance. Richmond is unusual in the number of such places within its borders, which stands as a testament to the rich history of the town and the fact that it is now becoming a tourist destination. More sites have been nominated for inclusion on the Register, and the number will undoubtedly grow in the future.

1. Winehaven

Located near Point Molate, this castle-like structure, built in 1907, was once advertised as the largest winery in the world. The business went under during the Prohibition years and the land was later taken over by the Navy. It is now owned by the City of Richmond, which is considering options for its development.

2. Hotel Carquinez
Hotel Carquinez

Later known as the Hotel Don, and now a senior center, the Hotel Carquinez was built in 1926. Until the construction of the new Civic Center in 1949, all the really important business decisions took place in this hotel. It stands at the corner of Harbour Way and Nevin Avenue, across from the Kaiser Hospital.

3. East Brother Lighthouse
East Brother Lighthouse

Constructed in 1873 on a little island just west of Point San Pablo, the light and fog horn were usually manned by family members until well into the 20th century.

Automated in 1968, the East Brother Light Station is now operated as a bed-and-breakfast.

4. Alvarado Park
Alvarado Park

Once known as Grand Canyon Park, this area along Wildcat Creek has long been a favorite place to picnic, dance, and listen to music. The attractive stonework within its borders was added by the WPA during the Depression years. The “Chateau” in this photo still stands and is now a private residence.

5. Point Richmond
Point Statue

The residents of Point Richmond have thoughtfully preserved many of their early structures, which date to 1910 or before.

The Indian statue in this photo, dedicated in 1909, disappeared in the late 30s or early 40s under suspicious circumstances. The local residents replaced it in 1984.

6. Kaiser Shipyard No. 3
Kaiser Shipyard No 3

Of the four Kaiser shipyards that operated during the war years, only yard no. 3 remains. Its original five concrete ship-building and launching basins still exist, along with several war-time buildings. Located at the end of Canal Blvd, the National Park Service has plans to include it in their Rosie the Riveter National Homefront Park.

7. The Ford Building
The Ford Building

From 1931 to 1955, the Ford Motor Company built cars in Richmond in this huge building located at the foot of 10th Street (now Harbour Way).

Currently being restored by a private developer, it will also be the site of the Rosie the Riveter National Homefront Park’s visitor center and museum.

8. Red Oak Victory Ship
Red Oak Victory

Currently berthed at Berth 6A at 1337 Canal Blvd., the SS Red Oak Victory Ship - AK235 is owned by the Richmond Museum Association. As the only remaining example of a ship built in Richmond during the Second World War (the Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brian was built on the east coast) she will occupy a central place in the Rosie the Riveter National Homefront Park.

9. Atchison Village
Atchison Village

This collection of war-time housing is Richmond’s newest addition to the National Register.

Atchison Village is one of the very few examples that are left of the thousands of housing projects that were built to house workers streaming into Richmond between 1941 and 1945.

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