National Register of Historic Places in Sonoma County, California

National Register #79000561: Railroad Square Historic District in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California 5 June 2004
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National Register #79000561
Railroad Square District
Santa Rosa
Built 1888-1923

From 1870 to 1936, during the railroad era, Santa Rosa was the service center for Sonoma County. From the 1870s to the 1910s, cobblestone quarries in Sonoma County provided paving stones for San Francisco. Railroads transported stones both locally and regionally.

In 1870, A wooden depot was built on the site of the present stone depot. When it was destroyed by fire in 1903, it was replaced by the present single stone depot.

Most of the historic buildings in the district were constructed after the 1906 earthquake, which hit Santa Rosa particularly hard. The most significant buildings in Railroad Square are the four stone buildings surrounding a central park, the most Concentrated grouping of early stone buildings in Sonoma County:

Northwestern Pacific Railroad Depot (1904)
Western Hotel (1903)
La Rose Hotel (1907)
REA Express Building (c1915)

These commercial masonary buildings are among the few remaining in Santa Rosa, the others having been destroyed by the earthquakes of 1906 and 1969 and by urban renewal.

The Hotel La Rose is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Source: NRHP nomination form submitted in 1979.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
La Rose Hotel19075th and Wilson Street 05La Rose Hotel
Tirone Building1913105-109 4th Street Street 04 0105Tirone Building
Jacobs Building1910111-115 4th Street Street 04 0111Jacobs Building
Railway Express Agency Building19159-11 5th Street Street 05 0009Railway Express Agency Building
PMT Trucking1900West 6th Street Street 06PMT Trucking
Warehouse188846 West 6th Street Street 06 0046Warehouse
Railroad Yards1870 ARailroad Yards
Northwestern Pacific Depot19044th and Wilson Street 04Northwestern Pacific Depot
Depot Park1904Wilson between 4th and 5thWilsonDepot Park
Warehouse1915West 3rd Street Street 03Warehouse
Water Tower1925 BWater Tower
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