National Register of Historic Places in Santa Clara County
The Hostess House was designed by architect Julia Morgan in the Craftsman architectural style. It is the only intact building remaining from the two Army training camps (Camp Fremont and Camp Kearny) established in California during World War I.
The Hostess House was originally located in Camp Fremont, a thousand-acre mobilization camp built in Menlo Park after the United States entered WWI in 1917. Hostess Houses were built by the YWCA in forty continental Army training camps to serve as meeting places for women and children coming to military posts to visit friends, husbands, and relatives enlisted in the service.
With the end of WW I, Camp Fremont was dismantled except for two buildings: the Oasis Bar & Grill and the Hostess House. Palo Alto purchased the Hostess House and relocated it to University Avenue in 1919, where it became the nation's first municipally funded Community Center.
The Hostess House is also California Historical Landmark 895.
When we photographed the Hostess House, it was operating as a reataurant.
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.
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
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
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.