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Palo Alto history museum is one vote away from reality

Original post made on Apr 13, 2023

Palo Alto's effort to build a downtown history museum will hit a critical milestone next week, when the City Council approves the final document that is required before construction can start.

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Posted by commonsense
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 13, 2023 at 11:03 am

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They raised $850,000 for a $12,000,000 project and stuck the rest of us with the remaining $11,150,000? Brilliant!

Posted by Rich Green
a resident of University South
on Apr 13, 2023 at 2:50 pm

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Thank you, Gennady, for your timely update on the Museum's progress with City Hall. We will soon have the completed 40-year lease, which will enable us to start the construction process. The City and Museum are partners in this endeavour. You correctly point out that the Museum will be contributing $1.85 Million toward the rehabilitation and that number will surely go up. The Museum has already invested well over $3M in the project. The $3M HUD grant obtained by the Museum and championed by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo will help immeasurably as will the Historic Preservation Grants the Museum has secured from the County of Santa Clara. It's also important to clarify that, except for $1M wisely allocated to repair the back wall, the "City" contribution is not from taxpayer funds. The funds identified to rehabilitate this City-owned building come from Transferable Development Rights (TDR) and Impact Fees, which utilize other sources and are reserved exclusively for this kind of project. We have earned and are grateful to have access to these funds. Our deepest appreciation goes to Mayor Lydia Kou, our former Mayors and so many City Council Members who have seen the wisdom of supporting this worthy project. And to the hundreds of faithful donors and volunteers who have kept the project alive for many years. All should be proud of these accomplishments. With gratitude, Rich Green, President, Palo Alto Museum.

Posted by Madison Lake
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 13, 2023 at 4:53 pm

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I am looking forward to exploring the exhibits that will exemplify the history, vitality, and social consciousness of historical Palo Alto.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2023 at 4:55 pm

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More millions spent on revitalizing decrepit unsound buildings that will sit there and generate zero income and zero taxes, and nothing spent on new (QUALITY) affordable housing. Way to go.

Posted by MES
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 13, 2023 at 7:45 pm

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In 20 years so many things change. It is honorable for us to remember the history of Palo Alto and I am wondering whether a museum makes sense now. With a severe lack of affordable housing, a crisis in mental-health especially among the young and elder population, and a deterioration of sense of community is a museum helpful? If it is, how so?

Perhaps I am lacking information about the museum. Is more than just the building rehabilitation funded? Is the rehab for the existing building footprint or does it add space? Will it be interactive? Will it host educational activities? Will it host community-building activities? Will it strive for Palo Altans to learn from our history? How will it connect to address the needs of Palo Alto right here, right now?

Am looking forward to another article that goes more in-depth. Thank you.

Posted by S. Underwood
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 14, 2023 at 8:22 am

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This project is such a self-important boondoggle. Maybe it is indeed a fantastic embodiment of new Palo Alto, history aside.

Posted by Brandon Cooke
a resident of Los Altos
on Apr 14, 2023 at 8:55 am

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Los Altos has a nice historical museum that changes its exhibits regularly.

It is housed in a modern facility and there is a courtyard that can be rented for receptions.

Being a former leading-edge Silicon Valley city, the Palo Alto Museum should consider upping its game by being situated in a more high-tech modern building that PA residents can be proud of rather than some decrepit and passe Birge Clark design. There are enough of those older types of buildings on Hamilton Avenue and Ramona Street.

It is time to grace the current millennium with architecture more reflective of our modern times.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2023 at 12:13 am

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“Once the building is rehabilitated enough so that the museum can move in, the nonprofit will proceed w installing exhibits. Some of the features that would immediately b available 2 the public include the city archives, the community center spaces “ What does Community spaces mean? Will La Comida b invited 2 serve lunches 2 our low income seniors, under a solid roof, away from wind, raid, heat, cold? Can someone please fill me in on the history of PaloAlto — our inclusion, our equity & our fairness 2 all. I advocate the first exhibits be about the (Le)land Stanford eugenics, horse profiteering & land grabs. The second be about redlining, exclusion, discrimination & prejudice of those of origins other than white, married & w children. What about the Supreme Court ruling that guarantees 400 EPA students accessible access of a public education & thus “bussed” to PA. WWII & how our community about faced on African Americans after that War was won. About all I see in Palo Alto History is greed, capitalism, real estate, & engineering a future w/out a human workforce. Eichler? He made oodles using asbestos, plywood & aluminum — all sold as permanent shelter. Women's History preferred : primarily Lucy Stern, Josephine Duvenek, Gerta Isenberg. Their legacy stands strong at the walls they fought to erect for human, last Century. Honor history thru active change, not a physical structure!! Q: is Stanford history apart from Palo Alto? Wallace Stegner, Grateful Dead, Grace Slick, Joan Bias? What how who and when has Palo Alto “got history” ? How does history “literally” move in to a building? Absolutely no indication of who or how this “museum” will b staffed or operated. To me, the PAMF building is designated as a city archive depository w a couple of “community” rooms available 2 a select few. Is the Williamson Home AKA the American Heritage Museum across, going 2 b co-joined? After all, Dr. Williamson & Dr. Lee’s PAMF r historically intrinsically entwined.

Posted by Loretta Taylor
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 17, 2023 at 4:06 pm

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Does Stanford University still have an Architectural Department?

Perhaps Stanford and Palo Alto could team-up on this project with Stanford providing the design and Palo Alto footing the construction and operating costs.

That old run-down medical building should be torn down and replaced with a building that all Palo Altabs can be proud of.

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