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Re: CLOCK TOWER - a Historical Update #17

From: domainremoved <Robert>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 18:25:03 -0700

Very interesting!
Saw your name in several places.

The web sites didn't work for me.

We just got back from dinner out.

Earlier a walk about at our favorite state park.

Love,
Bob

On Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 5:33 PM Jim Lewis <jimlewis_at_(domainremoved)

> Honorable Mayor Mueller and Council Members:
>
> One of the historic icons within the City of Menlo Park is the beautiful
> CLOCK TOWER located at the end of Santa Cruz Avenue, adjacent to the train
> station. Daily, it is seen by 1,000's of persons traveling on Caltrain,
> driving in the area, going to lunch at the British Bankers Club (BBC) and
> others. As prominent as it is, what do we know about it? Questions such as
>
> 1- When was it built?
>
> 2- Who was the architect?
>
> 3- Who was the contractor?
>
> 4- Who donated the funding for it?
>
> And more, come to mind. If you are curious about the answers, allow us to
> share some historic nuggets for your reading pleasure, as follows:
>
> 1 - The Clock Tower was completed on June 19, 1987, over 30 years ago.
> Much of the credit for the idea originated with former Mayor Peg Gunn. At
> the time, the train station was being converted to a Transportation Center,
> designed to accommodate trains, cars, buses, bicycles, taxi's and others.
> Many government agencies participated in the process.
>
> 2- The architect of record was Albert Hoover of the firm Hoover and
> Associates. He loved this community having chosen it for his home in Menlo
> Park and volunteered for years on the Planning Commission.
>
> 3- The general contractor was none other than Allan Brown of Vance M.
> Brown and Sons, of Palo Alto. They are best known for large, quality
> projects around the Bay Area.
>
> 4- The funding for the Clock Tower was a labor of love from Tom Ford
> of the Ford Land Company. His firm built several of the office buldings on
> Sand Hill Road, famous for their Venture Capital and other occupants.
>
> In year 2012, a twenty-five (25) year celebration occurred, with Mayor
> Kirsten Keith as the Master of Ceremonies. The entire event was video
> taped and was covered by the local press. Representatives from Caltrain,
> local government and others were present, including music by local
> musicians Martan Mann and Gail Dobson. It was a day to long remember.
>
> For more information, we invite you to view our website and Facebook page.
>
> Respectfully,
>
> Jim Lewis, President
> Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA)
> 800 Alma Street, Lower Level
> Menlo Park, CA 94025
> Tel. (650) 330-2529
> Website: www.sites.google.com/site/mphistorical
> Website: www.sites.google.com/twomenlosisters
> Facebook: www.facebook.com/menloparkhistorical
>
> Encl.: Clock Tower Booklet, 2 pages
>
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Received on Sat Apr 13 2019 - 18:16:51 PDT

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