Saturday, November 5, 2011


This Video is for a project I'm working on with the City of Yreka as a proposal to create a downtown Arts Center and training facility. This project is designed to serve several purposes. A Concierge Service for the greater Yreka area. This would be a combined service for all the businesses, restaurants and motels, hotels, B&B's, etc. As an center for the Arts we would be creating small studio spaces for artists, work areas, and meeting areas for classes, and general areas for artists to spend time together. This space will also function as an introduction for tourists to the Yreka community to support and enhance work our Chamber is doing. As a pass through from the parking lot to the Miner St. /Broadway/ Lane St. historic district. An introduction to the History of Yreka would be presented in a pictorial review.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

video

Here is a fly through animation to show what the proposed Black's Building. This should give you a feeling of what it will be like to be inside the proposed plan.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Yreka Committee for Historic Preservation is currently looking at a proposal for the blacks building where 10 Art Studio spaces would be created. These would be rented out to local artists for spaces to do there work. This idea is already working at St. Mark's Preservation Square. Stop by and see our studio spaces to give you an idea how this might work at the Black's Building. The idea is that by getting artist to move their studio spaces down town more activity will begin to happen down town. The artist will the following activities: the artists will be down town looking for lunch etc. more often, locals will frequent down town more often to see whats going on, the art walks have shown this, tourists will tour the down town area because of increased interest. What do you think? This is still in the planning stage. And we are always looking for ideas.

With this new layout, click on the picture to move to a new view. Then click on the picture again to see a full page enlargement of the illustration.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Well good news, The Blacks Building is being looked at again with a chance for survival.The Yreka Committee  for Historic Preservation is in the process of making a proposal. Stay tuned.

Friday, May 28, 2010

City Counsel At it Again

The city counsel is at it again. This coming Thursday at 6:30 at the city counsel meeting. David is trying to get a group together to work on tearing the building down.Please show up at the meeting and let them know you don't want the building torn down. Or send a letter to the city requesting it to be read at the counsel meeting. Tell the counsel your feelings about saving this historic building. 1000 letters from friends of Historic Yreka would be great! Add a comment to this Blog with your comments as well.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Be heard

If you want to support this idea, We need your help. August 20, 6:30 Yreka City Hall Chambers there is a City Counsel meeting to decide what the fate of this building will be. WE NEED YOUR COMMENTS AND BODY PRESENT. Please, Attend if you can. It is always the presents of many citizens that will help the counsel make the right decision.
Thanks Don

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Working on Airstream

Hi, those who follow my Blog. I have not forsaken SketchUp. I'm out working on the 55 Flying Cloud Airstream trailed that I used SketchUp to redesign. After all it's real cool to do design work and then put it into the real world. Here is the thread on the Airstream work.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/55-fc-the-whole-ball-of-wax-25692.html
Thanks Don

Thursday, June 11, 2009

5 ways to go

When we started this plan for the Black's Building,we started with the following concept. No. 1 save the building by looking for a plan that would satisfy the various need and wants of the community. No. 2 work with as many citizens as possible to come to the answer.

There are 5 ways the city counsel can choose to go. Following is a listing of the 5 choices.

1. Current Plan: For several years the historic group and several citizens worked on ideas that came to a set of architect plans for the Black's Building that arrived at the city this last January.

2. YDC Plan: The plans presented by this group wants to tear down the building and build a plaza.

3. Renovation Plan. The plan presented here to date on this blog.

4. Do nothing Plan. This plan proposes to leave the building as it is for now.

5. Sell the Building. Sell the building and return the monies to the fund.

I am currently working on a way to present all of these ideas on this blog or a linked group of blogs. I will also be putting up a place for you to vote on the idea of your choice. As always the author of this blog is open to all comments and suggestions.
Thanks Don

Monday, June 8, 2009

teardown removed

The city counsel removed the words "tare down" form the resolution passed on last meeting. This may be progress.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for the next step. Wounded but not dead!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Shot Down

Well it appears that this idea was shot down last night. I'd like to thank all those who came out to support this plan. It appears that the building will be torn down.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Current front of Black's


This shows the current front of the Black's Building (Henry Egbert Building). The front and back views are here for your review. These pictures should help you in evaluating this proposal. NOTE: If you are new to blogs notice that at the bottom of each entry there is a place for comments. You can click on the comments area and it will direct you to a place where you are free to make your comments on this proposed idea. Please feel free to do so. Also if you "click" on each of the pictures you will be taken to a larger view of that picture for closer inspection.

Current back of Black's


This is the current back of the Black's Building. The proposed Plaza design by Don East would be located in this area.

Architects Plans


This is the architect plans summited in January of 2009. In these plans the Miner St. entrance is to the right and the parking lot is to the left. Note the thick sandstone wall near the center of the drawing. This wall represents the historical back of the Egbert building. To the left of this wall is the suggested place for the Plaza.

Aerial View of Building


This aerial view shows how the plan would change from the original architects plans. The center of the picture shows the renovated "original" part of the Henry Egbert building. In the upper right is Plaza area constructed from the newer back part of the building. The front of the Egbert building is to the left of this illustration.

Miner St. Night View


An inviting view from Miner St. at night.

Arrival at Night


Visitors arriving at night will have a clear and inviting view of the entrance to the historic part of town.

Context View


This context view shows the final renovation of the building with the surrounding buildings.

Town, Parking Portal


The entrance of the Henry Egbert (Black's) building will be the entrance for the portal from historic downtown to the Plaza and parking in the back. The Chamber of Commerce on the right and YCTV 4 on the left of the building should create a strong visual clue, and point of interest, for the visitor that uses this as the pass through. A welcoming sign placed on the sidewalk just outside the entrance would also help designate the spot.

YCTV 4 Productions


Once inside the building a production of the Local Community Television station YCTV 4 may be watched. This portion of the station will be involved in internet television productions as well as cable. Next the visitor may turn to the other side of the building and enter the Yreka Chamber of Commerce office, perhaps for a discussion of Business opportunities in Siskiyou County.

Historical Documentation


Along the walls of the Restored Henry Egbert (Black's) building will be changing displays of  historical events and pioneers that were Yreka.

The "Incubator" Rooms


Here the visitor stops to view one of the Incubator Rooms. One proposal is to have small rooms available to people in the community to use as a place to develop their entrepreneurial nature. For a small rental fee they could use this space to setup their products and or services for people to see and respond to. If successful they could expand into larger facilities. Small art or crafts shops have been suggestions.

Entering Plaza from Egbert Building (Black's)


What the visitor will see when entering the Plaza after passing through The Henry Egbert (Black's) Building

Plaza Items of Interest


The Plaza will have many items of interest to educate and entice the visitor. After viewing the Conestoga Wagon similar to the one used to bring pioneers over the Oregon and Yreka trails. The visitor can view displays showing the growth of Yreka from a rough and tumble gold town to a county seat. Next the visitor can choose to pass through the entrance to the Henry Egbert (Black's) building or the Franco American Hotel. The restored Hotel may have a coffee shop or restaurant for a quick visit. If the Egbert building is selected the visitor will be exposed to the current Yreka in action.

The Plaza


The Plaza has several features to draw the visitor into the mood of Historic Yreka. The architectural design includes several materials that were the main construction materials of early Yreka. The back wall is made of Sandstone and brick form the original two buildings that were built here about 1855. The iron doors and window covers are reminiscent of the iron covers that were on all the doors and windows of the booming gold town. The arched sign over the Plaza in close to the design of the sign visitors see when they enter the center exit to Yreka. This arched sign lets them know they are in the correct place.

Plaza and Porch Area


The Plaza and Porch area will serve several uses. The departing visitor will have a place to rest before continuing their trip. The visitor who has just arrived will be able to review the historic displays as an introduction to Yreka and it's history. For example some records show that there was more gold removed from Siskiyou County than was removed from the other California "Gold Country".

Parking Lot Transition


Transitioning the parking lot allows the visitor to be aware of the family friendly portal to Historic Yreka.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Entering the Parking Lot


This image illustrates how the Plaza would be visible to the visitor as they first enter the parking area. The well marked Plaza will show the visitor the portal to the historic part of town.

Parking Lot Design


The parking lot design by Garavaglia Architects received by the City of Yreka in January of 2009 was the design results of the work done by the Historic Renovation group form the last 2 to 3 years of research and study. This image shows how the parking area and the entry Plaza would look after the finish of Phase 3 of this plan.

Three-Phase Proposal


Henry Egbert Building
(Black’s)
320 West Miner Street
Yreka, CA

The following is a three-phase proposal for the City of Yreka and to the Yreka Development Commission to encourage business growth, visible activity and community involvement on Miner Street within our National Historic District. This specifically addresses the Henry Egbert Building currently owned by the City of Yreka. This plan is very flexible and will allow for numerous unforeseen events, changes, or needs of the City of Yreka. Much of the information here has been gleaned from the reports and architectural work already in the hands of the City of Yreka.

With this plan, upon approval, action can begin in as little as two weeks. This plan has minimal impact on immediate city finances. Direct long-term expenses can be manageable and self-sustaining with careful planning and grant approvals.