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Concord Hills Regional Park – Project 365

On my way to Concord I stopped by at Willow Pass Road/Avila Road to take a few photos of the old Concord Naval Weapons Station land that will become Concord Hills Regional Park. 60% of the former base, totaling over 2,600 acres of grasslands, oaks and spectacular views in the hills between Concord and Pittsburg, will become part of the East Bay Regional Park District. The plan for new park is to offer hiking and mountain bike trails, camping, equestrian facilities, preservation of the old Navy buildings, or all of the above. There is also the possibility for a joint visitors center with the National Park Service honoring the history of the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial.

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Brentwood’s Delta Theater – Project 365

Last day of portrait orientation photography. This set is all about the Brentwood Delta Theater. It was built in the 1930’s and was originally a one screen with a stage in front of it which doubled to show plays. In the early–1990’s it was turned into a two screen theater. In the early to mid–1990’s it was a second run theater, which did moderate business at best. After closing down for a couple months CineLux bought the theater in 2000 and has been open and doing well ever since.
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Oak Tree at Oakley’s Central Park – Project 365

Continuing with the portrait orientation photography, today’s set is all about the old preserved Oak tree that is part of the Oakley’s Central Park next to City Hall. The city’s name “oak” comes from the abundance of oak trees, while the suffix “-ley” comes from the Old English word for “field” or “meadow”.

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Todos Santos Plaza, Concord – Project 365

Normally I go to Concord on Tuesday, but this week it was today, Wednesday. This allowed me to take photos of Todos Santos Plaza, which on Tuesday is used for the Farmers Market. It is very hard to get photos of the plaza with altho vendors and people. Continue reading »

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The Belshaw Mansion – Project 365

Today I visited the Belshaw Mansion on 705 E Street in Antioch. The home was constructed for state senator Charles M. Belshaw. It was later sold to state assemblyman Robert Easley, then to the Baldocchis, who divided it into apartments for their family members. The house has been restored by it current owners to the original inside configuration. However, looking at the original structure one can see that the roof, especially the tower roof have undergone major structure changes. I like the old structure over the current castle look. Continue reading »

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640 West 2nd Street – Project 365

Here is another building downtown Antioch on West 2nd Street that I like. When we first moved here in 1990, this was a Hobby Store, as in Model Trains, airplanes and ships. It closed a few years later thanks to Toys R Us. Other businesses moved in, but now it is empty. I like the view from Waldie Plaza and the building’s front with the large windows. Sadly I could not find any historic data on this building. Continue reading »

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County Fire House, Concord – Project 365

Another Tuesday, another day in Concord to find another historic building. Just as I was about to walk away, a siren sounded and out came the Fire-Rescue Unit, check out the last photo. Continue reading »

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714 West 2nd Street – Project 365

There is no historic data on this building downtown Antioch, however it is one of the better looking old buildings, having some very interesting and well preserved decorative architectural features. I wish I knew the exact terms for those features, I just love the type of crown molding millwork and that top centerpiece. Continue reading »

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Barnett House, Concord CA – Project 365

It’s Tuesday, back in Concord for lunch with some colleges from my Premenos days. This, the Barnett House is located at the Southeast corner of East and Pacheco Streets at 2080 East Street. The house was built by David Levinson and gets its name from subsequent owners George and Florence Barnett. For many years it served prominent families as a private residence. It is currently used for commercial purposes and under some renovations. Continue reading »

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McKellips House, Antioch CA – Project 365

Built in 1882 as the home of Stephen McKellips, locomotive engineer in charge of the rolling stock for the Empire Railroad. There is not much information available about the house, other then the outside is in in excellent condition.

Stephen McKellips fired up the “Empire” September 22, 1877, a 15-ton Baldwin Engine, the first engine to turn a wheel in Antioch.

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