Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force

Historic Wintersburg Photo Gallery © Copyrighted image.

The Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force is a City Council ad hoc committee dedicated to pursuing the historic preservation alternatives for the Historic Wintersburg property (Warner-Nichols) which includes the Furuta goldfish and flower farm and Wintersburg Japanese Mission. The property was noted as a locally-designated historic landmark in the City of Huntington Beach General Plan and, more recently determined as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in the City of Huntington Beach historic resources survey. Historic Wintersburg was named one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2014 and designated a National Treasure in 2015 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C.

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 Furuta barn (circa 1908-1912); the Wintersburg Japanese Mission (1909-1910); the Manse ( clergy member home, 1910); and the Wintersburg Japanese Church (1934).

This property is a rare, extant Japanese American pioneer settlement and is the sole remaining parcel in Huntington Beach owned by a Japanese immigrant family prior to the California Alien Land Law of 1913 (overturned 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, in addition to the analysis by the City of Huntington Beach as part of the historic resources survey.

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 © Copyrighted image.

The Historic Wintersburg structures were proposed for demolition by the previous property owner, Rainbow Environmental Services, and remain endangered. In 2013, the City Council and the then-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. Upon certification of the draft Environmental Impact Report by the Huntington Beach City Council, the Ocean View School District filed legal complaints against the City and against Rainbow environmental, which halted demolition and grading of the Historic Wintersburg property.

Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission, 1910
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Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission, 1910 © Copyrighted image.
 

In late 2015, Rainbow Environmental Services was purchased by Republic Services and the purchase includes ownership of Historic Wintersburg. The 2016 settlement of litigation by the Ocean View School District with the new owner, Republic Services, includes restrictions on development of the Historic Wintersburg property, as well as provisos regarding the sale of the property. The Ocean View School District has stated they support full preservation as a heritage park. Republic Services has indicated they plan no development and are open to the purchase of the property for historic preservation purposes.

The Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force is partnered with two national organizations, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trust for Public Land, which assists communities purchase land for public parks. As of 2017, the ongoing discussions with Republic Services are to purchase the property for preservation as a historic site and community public park.

LEARN MORE about Historic Wintersburg and the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force at our facebook page

LEARN MORE More information regarding the history and the chronology of the preservation effort can be found on the Wikipedia page for Historic Wintersburg

DONATE Historic Wintersburg established an outside bank account to set aside funds for the preservation of the National Treasure historic place. Donations are accepted.

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."

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).


Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
October 26, 2017 Agenda
September 28, 2017 Agenda Minutes
August 24, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 18, 2017 Agenda Minutes
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September 27, 2016 Agenda Minutes
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November 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
July 30, 2015 Agenda Minutes
April 2, 2015 Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
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November 19, 2014 Agenda Minutes
February 25, 2014 Agenda Minutes
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December 11, 2013 Agenda Minutes
October 2, 2013 Agenda Minutes
August 23, 2013 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2013 Agenda Minutes
June 28, 2013 Agenda Minutes
May 31, 2013 Agenda Minutes
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March 22, 2013 Agenda Minutes
February 22, 2013 Agenda Minutes
January 28, 2013 Agenda Minutes
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November 5, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 15, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2012 Agenda Minutes


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