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Locals try to stall Briones demolition

Jan 25, 2007 13
The long struggle between the city of Palo Alto and the owners of the Juana Briones residence over the historical home's demolition continued this week when residents began clamoring for a full review of the ... Read more ...

Vladimir Guerrero of El Dorado, CA on Jan 27, 2007

The building in question is part of the strong Hispanic (Spanish, Mexican and Native American) heritage of our state, the cultural substratum from which California's tolerance for racial, national, religious, sexual and personal differences originated. Having become not only the most populous state, but the quintessence, and in many ways the trend setter of our nation, we have a responsibility to maintain those sites which give tangible evidence of this heritage. Our nation did not spring only from Plymouth Rock, Williamsburg and Philadelphia. California must not allow sites such as this to disappear!

V. Guerrero, author of "The Anza Trail and the Settling of California"

Amado of Tehachapi, CA on Jan 27, 2007

No to demolition.

joyce of North Kingstown, RI on Jan 28, 2007

It's beyond me why people buy historic houses with the intent to tear them down. Is there no other property these people could have bought? I hope they will sell this to someone who will preserve it.

Enrique Briones of San Antonio, TX on Jan 29, 2007

Anithing that represents our roots and heritage in this country should be preserved especialy something so tangible as a building,so defenitly NO TO DEMOLITION!

Uncle Buck of Chesterfield, MO on Jan 29, 2007

If the family owning the property wished to have it torn down without delay they would have accomplished the task easily by making a case for it being a holy site revered by Evangelical Christians.

Lorraine Frain of Foster City, CA on Mar 2, 2007

Docents welcomed visitors to tour the Briones House for many years until the current owners totally ABANDONED the place and allowed NATURE to take over! This indicates that the current owners NEVER intended to live in the house--they had their own selfish agenda--Destroy the House. Demolition of the House will hurt the wild animal & plant life & rob us of California history.

eric of Simi Valley, CA on Mar 2, 2007

any of you good folk make an offer to buy the place?

Therese of United States on Mar 10, 2007

I had the pleasure of living in that home for one year, and the memories of that time are etched into my heart as well as my mind. What a loss this is for all Californians. Is there no chance for a stay of execution?

Sally Wiatrolik of United States on Mar 12, 2007

Dear Kristina,
Thank you for this article. In the online version I am viewing, could you please include a link to our webstie, which is www.brioneshouse.org
??
We would really appreciate it!
Thank you.
Sally Wiatrolik, webmaster
JBHF

Cathleen of Northridge, CA on Apr 16, 2007

So much of our Californio history has been lost to development--please, let's preserve what little we do have left. The Juana Briones house should remain as a tribute to the resilience, creativity, and courage of a great California pioneer.

Walter_ E_ Wallis of United States on Apr 17, 2007

I'm with eric on this. Sorry, eric.

Uncle Buck of San Pablo, CA on Apr 17, 2007

Vladimir Guerrero wrote:
The building in question is part of the strong Hispanic (Spanish, Mexican and Native American) heritage of our state, the cultural substratum from which California's tolerance for racial, national, religious, sexual and personal differences originated.
Sexual...from the Briones house? Who knew.

Shaquanna of San Diego, CA on May 7, 2007

Please find a solution to protect and preserve this home. It is a part of our history. Although raised in the Bay Area, and now living in San Diego, I support preserving and protecting this home.