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Westview Presbyterian Church among new historic landmark sites

Posted: Monday, May 6th, 2013

Lynne Nagata, a member of Westview Presbyterian Church of Watsonville, shows Historical Landmark Blue Oval the church was awarded Sunday at an Historical Landmarks Awards ceremony in Santa Cruz. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — Nine new Historic Landmark Awards were presented by the Museum of Art & History Saturday including one to Westview Presbyterian Church in Watsonville.

Members of the Historic Landmark Committee, the Santa Cruz Historic Resources Commission and the Santa Cruz Historic Preservation Committee welcomed the public to the 90-minute ceremony that highlighted the new historic landmarks sprinkled around the county.

The Blue Plaques of 2013 were awarded to:

• Craggie Lee Cottage, the Rankin home, 1909, 9625 Highway 9, Ben Lomond.

• William and Julia Knapp home, c.1863, 80 Stage Road, Pescadero.

• Park Hall, est. 1912, community owned since 1923, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond.

• Bennett’s Boarding House, 1888, Parker House Apartments, 1942, 803, 805, 805 ˝ Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

• Gilmore/Mobile Gas Station, 1926-1973, part of Walker’s Cottages, 302 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz.

• Marco Zaro home, 1885, 121Market St, Santa Cruz.

• Placer Gold House, 1905, 303 7th Ave., Santa Cruz.

• First National Bank, first bank on the East Side, 1923, 1100 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz.

• Japanese Presbyterian Church, est.1898, then became Westview Presbyterian Church, built in 1930, 118 First St., Watsonville.

“This is one of the most exciting days of the year,” said Suzi Aratin, Historic Landmark Committee member. “This is a special event because it connects the past with the present.”

For the complete article see the 05-07-2013 issue.

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