Atascadero's Historic Administration Building
Built in the early 1900s, the Atascadero Administration Building in the center of the historic downtown Colony District is being reparied following the 2003 San Simeon Earhquake. The Italian Rennaisance architecture and double-domed construction (one exterior, one interior), make it a unique landmark on the Central California Coast and the icon of the City of Atascadero.
Originally designed by found E.G. Lewis as the city's civic center, it has been used for a variety of things over the years including library services, a young men's academy, a museum and City Hall. It listed on the National Historic Registry. The original construction cost less than $200,000. The renovation will cost about $40-million.
The building and the community were featured in the 1990 comedy "My Blue Heaven," starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis and Joan Cusack.
Repairs are expected to take more than two years. The building will be re-opened in time for the City of Atascadero's centennial celebration in 2013.
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