Plan to Save Ripon Landmark

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(Ripon, CA)
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The former city hall building in Ripon has been earmarked for demolition by the local government. The city is going to build a wall on the First Street site as a monument to war veterans.

Earlier this month the Ripon Historical Society convinced the city to give it 30-days to find a new location for the cottage, which was built in 1916 as a church but served as the main government building from 1947 until 1991.

Historical Society President John Mangelos says the structure is worth saving, so he's putting together a plan to keep it from being demolished.

"We want to move it about fifty feet over on the lot. We're hoping to take the building and then restore it and then make it into a veterans' museum."

Mangelos says he'll present his restoration plan to the city government later this week. He has lined up a long list of volunteers who will contribute labor or money to help with the restoration project.

(Photo courtesy :Leslie Crow)