National Register of Historic Places in San Luis Obispo County

National Register #88002013: Price Anniversary House in Pismo Beach Price Anniversary House
  Meherin House and Price Anniversary House in Pismo Beach Meherin House in Foreground
Price Anniversary House in Background

12 March 2017
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National Register #88002013
Price Anniversary House
100 Rancho Pismo Drive
Pismo Beach
Built 1893

Situated in a canyon which runs perpendicular to the Pacific Ocean, the John Michael Price Anniversary House is a single family home of a vernacular, late 19th century American type.

The house is the oldest building in Pismo Beach and was the final home of its founder, John Michael Price. Constructed in a valley that was the heart of Price's vast land holdings, it remains today in much the same rural setting as at the time of construction, separated from the coastal enclave of Pismo Beach.

Price and his wife Maria Andrea Carlon had fifteen children, of whom thirteen survived and were raised on the ranch. In 1884, Price began to divide his substantial holdings amongst his heirs, retaining the heart of the rancho for his wife and himself.

Price Historical Park, comprising four acres owned by the City of Pismo Beach, is significant for its association with John M. Price. The Anniversary House is the only surviving building in Pismo Beach from the second generation of architecture in San Luis Obispo County.

Source: Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1988.

Meherin House

In 1905, Michael and Mary Ann Meherin built a house in Shell Beach.

As roads widened and improved it was moved uphill more than once. It finally came to rest on Mattie Road where it weathered for years until it was planned for demolition.

In 2001, Friends of Price House moved the house to Price Historical Park. A new foundation, roof, repairs and reconstruction of the kitchen addition and picturesque front porch have followed.

Source: Price Historical Park website.

Buildings that Moved

It's not just that the people of the American West are restless, the buildings themselves sometimes pack up and move when - for one reason or another - the neighborhood no longer suits them or the neighbors no longer want them or opportunity waits down the road.

And when buildings remain in place, they are often searching for their identities.

Acting Superintendent's Office, Yosemite
Alford-Nielson House, Ferndale
Alpine Hotel, Markleeville
Ashland Depot Hotel, Ashland, Oregon
Bagby Stationhouse, El Portal

Bayview Hotel, Aptos
Bridgeport Elementary School, Mono County
Carter House, Ashland, Oregon
Christian Church, Gilroy
Chuck's Railroad Room, Westwood

Colfax Freight Depot (Moved Twice), Colfax
Commodore Watkins House, Atherton
Coyle-Foster Barn, Shasta State Historic Park
Croll Building, Alameda
Dallam-Merritt House, San Francisco
Duatre's Store, Monterey

Errea House, Tehachapi
Fairwind, Eureka
Fort Bragg Storehouse and Commissary, Fort Bragg
Galarneaux House, Sacramento
Glass House, San Ramon

Glendale School (Moved Twice), Sparks, Nevada
Goleta Depot, Goleta
Gray's Station, Truckee
Hostess House, Palo Alto
Hodgdon Homestead Cabin, Yosemite

House at 2214 Clay Street, San Francisco
Hutton House, Saratoga
Independence Hall, Woodside
J & T Basque Restaurant, Gardnerville, NV
Jamestown Branch Jail (Moved Twice)

Jax Truckee Diner (Moved Twice), Truckee
Jorgensen Studio, Yosemite
King City Depot, King City
La Gloria Schoolhouse, King City
Lagunita Schoolhouse, Salinas

Lake Mansion (Moved Twice), Reno
Lathrop House, Redwood City
LeConte Memorial Lodge, Yosemite
Little Church on the Hill, Oakhurst

Mansion House Hotel, Watsonville
Marcus Books and Jimbo's Bop City, San Francisco
McCredie House, Central Point, Oregon
Meherin House, Pismo Beach
Mendocino Masonic Hall, Mendocino

Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Migliavacca Mansion, Napa
Milton Masonic Hall, Milton
Moab Cabin, Moab, Utah
Mt. Buckingham School, Darrah

Nevada-California-Oregon Railway Depot, Alturas
Old Log Jail (Moved Twice), Markleeville
Old Mammoth Saloon (Moved Twice), Mammoth Lakes
Old North San Juan School, North San Juan
Old St. Patrick's Church (Moved Twice), San Francisco

Perry's Dry Goods, Gardnerville, NV
Phelps House (Moved Twice), San Francisco
Rengstorff House, Mountain View
Reno Arch (Moved Five Times), Reno
Roper House, Ashland, Oregon

St. James Catholic Church, Georgetown
Sylvester House , San Francisco
Tribune-Republic Building, San Luis Obispo
Tubbs Cordage Company, San Francisco
Tucker House, Martinez

Twenty Mile House, Cromberg
United Methodist Church, Nevada City
Webber House, Yountville
Wood House, Modesto
Yosemite Transportation Company
Yosemite Valley Chapel

Of the buildings and structures we have visited, the original Reno Arch holds the record for number of moves. It has been moved five times since it was built in 1926.

Jax Truckee Diner holds the distance title. The building moved from New Jersry to Pennsylvanis in 1948, then from Pennsylvania to Califonia in 1992.

Probably the most ambitious relocation occurred on July 4th 1904, when the Southern Pacific Railroad loaded most of the town of Wadsworth, Nevada, onto rail cars and transported the town thirty miles west to create a new town which became known as Sparks.

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