Hospital Era Building Roof to be Destroyed
The Navy is intending to remove the original tile roof of one of the buildings on the base that served as a TB ward during the Naval Hospital era, and replace it with composite. Shown above is a building they previously tore down, which has the same roof. Please contact Congressman Ken Calvert through his website or Facebook page, and ask him to save the roof.
The consequences of the original roof being destroyed and replaced with modern material are more significant than just the alteration of one historic building — it would have lasting impact on the LNCF’s and City of Norco’s efforts to place all of the hospital era buildings on the National Historic Register, and is the first step towards the complete destruction of all of the historic properties that are not currently protected.
LNCF Wins First Court Victory!
On November 6th, Alameda County Superior Court Judge George C. Hernandez ruled in favor of the Lake Norconian Club Foundation’s petition to preserve and protect the Hotel. What’s next? Fundraising! LNCF will be able to do preliminary work to prevent additional destruction with the coming El Nino rains, including “non-permanent efforts to preserve and maintain the Hotel, including, but not limited to, cleaning gutters, clearing drains, closing or covering or boarding up windows, removing animals, spreading tarps over roof and windows, spreading tarps over sculpture, furniture, artwork, and fixtures, removing, inventorying, and storing fixtures, artifacts, tiles, and tapestries…” Although it is possible that the State will have to reimburse costs once the final court decision is made, today, LNCF needs funds to complete this work as soon as possible. And, since LNCF is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all donations may be tax deductible.
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- Click here to read the court order
- Click here to read the article in the Press Enterprise
Norconian Historic District Survey
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, City of Norco historic consultant Bill Wilkman presented the Draft Norconian Property Historic Resources Survey to the Norco City Council and Historic Preservation Commission. Following the presentation, the Commission recommended, and the Council approved pursuing the placement of the entire Norconian historic district on the National Historic Registry.
The Report presented by Mr. Wilkman is very detailed, and contains many photos, including comparisons of “then and now.” Click here to view the entire report, as presented to the City.
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This Event Will Sell Out!
The LNCF’s annual gala fundraiser will be on Saturday, February 13, 2016, and this year we’re going south for a Mardi Gras Masquerade! Music and entertainment will be provided by the Bayou Brothers, dinner and drinks will be Cajun themed, and – of course – there will be a costume contest! Proceeds support our cause to preserve and protect the beautiful Lake Norconian Club resort and historic district.
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LNCF sues to stop demolition by neglect of the Lake Norconian Club
The Lake Norconian Club Foundation is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Norconian Hotel and its grounds.
A historic treasure located in Norco, California, the Lake Norconian Club is a magnificent resort that was developed in the 1920s and 1930s by Rex B. Clark as a playground for the rich and famous. It included a huge hotel, a beautiful ballroom, both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a man-made lake, an airstrip, a golf course, and many fantastic amenities.
The Resort has long since closed. Since the closure, the grounds have been used by the government as both a U.S. Naval hospital and a California State Prison. The main hotel buildings are empty and slowly decaying. The Navy and the prison still occupy a portion of the grounds and use part of the facility.
The Norconian is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Lake Norconian Club Foundation is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation