Coalition Correspondence – dtd 07/18/2005 to Chairman Principi from James Watson Page: 3 of 10
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Coalition Correspondence Attachment A
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7 June 2005
Mr. Andrew Thomas
City of Alameda
950 West Mall Sq., Rm. 246
Alameda, CA 94501
Subject: Preservation of Alameda Naval Air Station Historic District at Alameda Point
Dear Mr. Thomas:
As you know, members of Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) have
worked with members of the Alameda Naval Air Museum (ANAM) to identify the
buildings most worthy of preservation and re-use at Alameda Point. We commend the
City and Alameda Point Community Partners LLP on the plans produced thus far, and we
appreciate your efforts to meet with us and to respond to our suggestions. We understand
the many challenges to preserving the entire Naval Air Station Historic District AAPS
remains concerned, however, that the ambitious redevelopment plans could result in the
permanent loss of tangible links to Alameda's important role in World War l.
According to the National Register evaluation (Woodbridge, 1992), the NAS was the
most important new air station of the World War II period on the west coast. It was the
major air base for the naval bases in the San Francisco Bay Area. Furthermore, the NAS
is significant for its Streamline Moderne architectural style of the central core of
administrative buildings, residences, and Art Deco style monumental sculptures. The
NAS is a rare use of this architectural style for military buildings in the U.S. (Mikesell,
1997). The State Historic Preservation Officer determined the NAS historic district to be
eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. While no single building
was determined individually significant, the district is a concentration of buildings united
by a formal plan. The entire district represents a distinguishable entity significant for its
history and architecture. The historicdistrict constitutes a significant cohesive site plan,
landscape, and architectural design composition. Removal of many of the significant
buildings while retaining the street plan alone for new infill construction will not result in
the preservation of the historic district.
We acknowledge that many of the hundreds of buildings on the base will need to be
removed to make way for redevelopment. At the same time, however, we believe it
essential that the approximately 50 buildings or objects identified on the enclosed priority
list be preserved. Therefore, AAPS requests that the City conduct an adaptive reuse
P.O. Box 1677
Alameda, CA 94501
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