Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force

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The Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force is a City Council ad hoc committee dedicated to pursuing the historic preservation alternatives for the Historic Wintersburg site (Warner-Nichols), a locally-designated historic landmark.

The Historic Wintersburg property is located at the southeast corner of Warner (once Wintersburg) Avenue and Nichols Lane. The five-acre property includes the 1912 home of Charles Mitsuji and Yukiko Furuta, as well as the farm's barn (circa 1908-1912); the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission (1909-1910); the Manse ( clergy member home, 1910); and the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Church (1934).

This property is a rare and extant collection of Japanese American pioneer structures, and is the sole remaining parcel in Huntington Beach owned by a Japanese family prior to the Alien Land Law of 1913 (overturned by Proposition 13 in 1956). All the structures on the property have been noted as potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Charles M. and Yukiko Furuta in front of their Wintersburg home, circa 1912
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Charles M. and Yukiko Furuta in front of their
Wintersburg home, circa 1912
 

The Historic Wintersburg structures are proposed for demolition by the current property owner. A Focused Environmental Impact Report (draft FEIR) on cultural and historical resources was certified by a split vote of the Huntington Beach City Council on November 4, 2013.

The City Council and the property owner, Rainbow Environmental Services, agreed to provide an 18-month window to allow the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force time to raise funds to either 1) buy the property should the property owner agree, or 2) move the structures to a new location.

Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission, 1910
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Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission, 1910
 


LEARN MORE about Historic Wintersburg and the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Historic-Wintersburg-Preservation-Task-Force/433990979985360

DONATE to the dedicated fund for Historic Wintersburg preservation:

BY MAIL:

Historic Wintersburg Preservation Fund
City of Huntington Beach
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
ATTN: Ricky Ramos

Please address check to "Historic Wintersburg Preservation Fund."


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Donations to the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Fund are solely for the purpose of historic preservation for the Wintersburg project. Donations may be deductible as a charitable donation, per IRS Code, 26 U.S.C.170(c)(1).


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