We need information. The old Lucerne grade school building on Country Club Drive is set up to support the citizens of Lucerne as a Senior Center. This venerable building was built circa 1930 and received its first students a couple of years later. The local School District operated the building until it became obsolete and declared the building surplus. They gave it away many years later to operate as a community center to avoid ongoing upkeep. The present operators are a 501(c)3 Benefit Corporation 100% composed of hard-working volunteers.
Unfortunately, old buildings are expensive to maintain and the esteemed old Center is in need of significant upgrades to stay useful and energy-efficient as it serves the town’s poor and elderly. To help accomplish the needed upgrades the volunteer Board of Directors would like to gain acceptance onto the State Historic Register. Grants and matching funds would be easier to obtain if the building had this designation.
The application for the Register asks for considerable information about the history of construction, any unique features, operational details, important student body members, teachers, events and so forth. At present, the only information for the application are pictures taken during construction. At one time the construction documents in the County files became a burden to maintain and they went to the County Museum, but that stash turned out to be minimal in content. The thought now is that citizens have the best chance to help with this cause. If you would like to help with this worthwhile endeavor and have important information hidden away in the attic or can attest by memory would you please share? You might have the key to a successful application and help save the building with information or even a donation.
If grant plans are fruitful, matching funds for reconstruction will be needed. The Lake County Silver Foundation will set up an account and maintain any donations designated for the upgrades to our 90-year-old centerpiece in Lucerne. Send any information or donations to the Silver Foundation at PO Box 966 Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423 or call Jim Steele at (707) 295-6198.