Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Sentry Houses, Railroad Avenue near Eighteenth Street, Vallejo, Solano County, CA
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Railroad Avenue near Eighteenth Street, Vallejo, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-1543-CZ
Building/structure dates: 1942 initial construction
Significance: Buildings A272 & A279, built in 1942, are considered significant for their association with U.S. Naval history and the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY), the first naval installation on the west coast. Portions of MINSY are within a National Historic Landmark. These building, however, are outside the landmark, but within the Mare Island Historic District. They were constructed for the Marine Security Detachment as gate sentry houses, guarding entry to the Naval Ammunition Depot Area. They are contributing elements of the successful base operations at MINSY and are the only examples of sentry house design, construction methods and materials used on the island during WWII.
Naval Yards & Naval Stations
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Streetscape with two Sentry Posts, A272 on left, A279 on right, looking northwest
A279, west side and south front
A279, east side and north rear, right foreground, A272 is at left, and the Fire Station and Building 776 are visible in the background, view to west
A272, east side and north front
A272, west side and south rear, with A279 visible in the background
Interior view of A279, facing northeast
ENTRANCE TO AMMUNITION DEPOT, PLANS, ELEVATIONS, AND DETAILS. (i.e. Snetry Posts A272 and A279, also including a plot plan). Navy Yard, Mare Island, California. Barrett & Hilp, Contractors, San Francisco, California. Y & D (Yards & Docks) drawing no. 270448, approved May 26, 1942; P.W. (Public Works) drawing no. 10485-88A; file no. A-272-1. Various scales. 46 cm x 61 cm. Photocopy.
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