National Register of Historic Places in Butte County

National Register #83001175: Silberstein Park Building in Chico, California 24 April 2013
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National Register #83001175
Silberstein Park Building
426-434 Broadway
Built 1909

The Silberstein Park Building is a commercial building faced in white terra cotta with classically derived details.

It faces the west side of Chico Plaza and is one of the few survivors of the rash of remodeling of Chico commercial structures in the 1950s. Its exterior ornamentation, featuring floral panels and an ornate cornice, has survived intact with the exception of changes made to the ground floor after a fire in 1924.

The Silberstein Park Building is the only structure in Chico with a glazed terra cotta brick exterior and the only local commercial building of comparable size resembling early 1900s commercial structures in urban areas like San Francisco and Oakland.

The scale of the Silberstein Park Building relates harmoniously with the other buildings surrounding the plaza: the Post Office on the opposite corner, the Municipal Building across the park, and the Waterland Breslauer Building to the north.

The architect, A. J. Bryan, was active in Chico from the 1870s to the 1910s

Adapted from the NRHP Nomination.

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