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San Quentin State Prison Historic District

Ascent prepared an architectural resource survey and evaluation for San Quentin State Prison in compliance with Public Resources Code Section 5024.5. Our architectural historian evaluated the prison at a district level, which included an inventory of 202 historic-era buildings and structures, using both National Register and California Historical Landmark criteria. The evaluation concluded that the prison appears eligible for listing on the National Register and as a California Historical Landmark, consisting of 22 contributing buildings and structures, including 11 individually eligible buildings. The historic district also contains two residential subdistricts—Valley Way and Delores Way-San Quentin Terrace—with an additional 59 and 20 contributing resources, respectively. In addition, a guideline document was prepared for the two residential historic districts, outlining the range of repairs and improvements that would be permissible while complying with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards

Project Contact

Alta Cunningham
California Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation
Public Development
Marin County, California
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