What’s Old is New on Catalina Island

On May 10, 2017 in Pasadena, California, the California State Historical Resources Commission unanimously found the Christian Science Society of Avalon eligible for the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion C in the area of Architecture. The period of significance corresponds with the building’s date of construction, 1929. The Spanish Colonial Revival design was precedent setting for the island and served as a template for the cohesive feel that later defined Avalon during its golden age of the 1930s. The nomination has been forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register for final review and determination.

Now known as Overlook Hall, this classic building served as a focal point for religious temperance during Prohibition and throughout the Great Depression.  It was a gathering place for the entire community until finally closed and remodeled into Avalon’s loveliest special events venue.  Today Overlook Hall is the island’s most popular venue for weddings, fiestas, conferences, and the like. With its open beam ceilings, Douglas fir floor, huge clerestory windows, and expansive harbor views, it remains as lovely and striking as the day it was built.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.

New Dive Exhibit Opens

Avalon Diving History Exhibit/Benefitting Catalina’s Marine Animal Rescue (MAR) Program.  “For public viewing, the largest private collection of vintage diving equipment in the U.S.-donations help fund Catalina Island’s MAR program to provide thoughtful & humane solutions to injured, sick or poorly located animals.  Photos available on request.