The State of California will soon bestow its highest honor—the 2016 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award to the City of Riverside’s Home Front at Camp Anza project.
The unique project included the reinvention of a dilapidated old Army building as a historic centerpiece for a thriving new community designed for veterans and their families.
Riverside City Councilman Jim Perry, who represents the area where the project is located told the press, “This project is the culmination of several different entities working successfully together with the common goal of providing quality, affordable housing and excellent services to our veterans.” He continued, “It's through this historic preservation project that we are able to provide others the opportunity to succeed in life.”
The Home Front at Camp Anza project is located in the Arlanza area of Riverside. It consists of a restored, 1942 Officers Club, that also is now surrounded by 30 new, affordable residential units in compatible bungalow clusters. Previously slated for demolition, the Officers Club is now eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.
The project team worked to ensure maximum retention of the Officers Club’s original design and materials and created a history room to commemorate its military past as part of Camp Anza—a WWII staging area for the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation that processed more than 625,000 troops en route to and from the Pacific Theater, as well as Italian Prisoners of War (POWs).
“Home Front at Camp Anza is an incredible example of how we are better together in Riverside,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “So many people, agencies and groups came together to make this happen for our veterans – it’s a best practice for the rest of the country.”
The Home Front at Camp Anza project will be presented with the 2016 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award at a special ceremony in Sacramento on November 10.