National Register of Historic Places in Butte County, California

Miners Alley
Miners Alley at Huntoon Street
24 April 2013
Montgomery Street in Oroville c1858
Montgomery Street c1858
Note the porticoes covering the sidewalks
From NRHP Nomination
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National Register #83001174
Oroville Commercial District
Montgomery, Myers, Huntoon Streets and Miner Alley

The Old Oroville Commercial District was the hub of commerce and entertainment during the 1856-1912 period. Montgomery Street was the town's main thoroughfare, and Miners Alley was the focal point for high living, gambling and general rascality.

The district contains sixteen commercial buildings dating from the 1856-1912 period. These buildings are located on streets and blocks officially laid out in 1855 and since unchanged. All of the structures within the district's boundaries contribute to the character of the district. No nonconforming intrusions detract from the district's integrity.

Most of the buildings were originally one story brick structures with the simple façades, large iron doors and wood trim typical of Gold Rush architecture. In the 1870's and again in the early 1900's, second floors were added to several of the buildings. Some brick façades were also replaced during the 1880-1910 period with cast iron façades and large storefront windows.

Although several of the buildings have been altered and all of the porticoes that originally covered the sidewalks have been removed since 1912, all structures within the district retain the scale, basic materials and general feeling that existed at the beginning of the 20th century.

Excerpted from the NRHP Nomination.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Gardella-Reece Building19111877-1887 Montgomery Street and 1328-1340 Huntoon StreetMontgomery 1877Gardella-Reece Building
Golden Gate or Hecker Building18561911 Montgomery StreetFirst story built in 1856. Second story in 1904.Montgomery 1911Golden Gate or Hecker Building
Toy-Fogg Building18571919 Montgomery StreetFirst story built in 1857. Second story c1900.Montgomery 1919Toy-Fogg Building
Brock Building18581925 Montgomery StreetMontgomery 1925Brock Building
Scruggs and Meador Building18591933 Montgomery StreetMontgomery 1933Scruggs and Meador Building
Goldstein Building18591941-1949 Montgomery StreetMontgomery 1941Goldstein Building
Kusel Building18781955 Montgomery StreetMontgomery 1955Kusel Building
Friesleben-Howard Building18781963-1967 Montgomery StreetMontgomery 1963Friesleben-Howard Building
Washington Block18561975-1985 Montgomery StreetMontgomery 1975Washington Block
Gem Saloon18591337 Huntoon StreetHuntoon 1337Gem Saloon
Hendes & Gaskill Building18591341-1347 Huntoon StreetHuntoon 1341Hendes & Gaskill Building
Store18581346-1348 Myers StreetMyers 1346Store
Gray-Nurse Hardware Building18751359 Huntoon StreetHuntoon 1359Gray-Nurse Hardware Building
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