Photo, Print, Drawing Forty Acres, Roy Reuther Administration Building, 30168 Garces Highway (Northwest Corner of Garces Highway and Mettler Avenue), Delano, Kern County, CA

[ Drawings from Survey HABS CA-2878-B  ]

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About this Item

Title
Forty Acres, Roy Reuther Administration Building, 30168 Garces Highway (Northwest Corner of Garces Highway and Mettler Avenue), Delano, Kern County, CA
Contributor Names
Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Chavez, Cesar
United Farm Workers
National Farm Workers Service Center, Inc. (NFWSC)
Chavez, Richard
United Farm Worker Organizing Committee
United Auto Workers
Reuther, Walter
Huerta, Dolores
Padilla, Gilbert
Itliong, Larry
Vera Cruz, Philip
Cesar Chavez Foundation
Reuther, Roy
Arzola, Robert R., project manager
Hoyos, Luis G., Principle Investigator
Rast, Raymond W., architectural historian
Dahlin, Dennis, consultant
Rosenthal , James W., photographer
Blackman, Sabrina, field team
Bradford, Allyson, field team
Chang, Frank, field team
Garcia, Cynthia, field team
Jackson, Chance, field team
Schoelles, Leah, field team
Lavoie, Catherine C., program manager
Price, Virginia B., transmitter
Arzola, Robert, project manager
Rosenthal, James, photographer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, contractor
Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc., sponsor
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 1933
Subject Headings
-  Hispanic Heritage
-  labor unions
-  civil rights
-  Mexican-Americans
-  administration buildings
-  meetings
-  political organizations
-  trade
-  strikes
-  social services
-  Mission Revival architectural elements
-  steel structural frames
-  corrugated metal roofs
-  offices
-  law offices
-  medical offices
-  adobe buildings
-  Asian Americans
-  farming
-  protest movements
-  California -- Kern County -- Delano
Latitude / Longitude
35.763197,-119.289383
Notes
-  See HABS CA-2878, Forty Acres, for additional information about the site.
-  Significance: The Roy Reuther Administration Building is one of four buildings at Forty Acres, a property closely associated with the life of Cesar Chavez and the history of the farm worker movement he led from 1962 until his death in 1993. Located on the outskirts of Delano, California, Forty Acres served as the headquarters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) from 1969 to 1972. The property also served as the farm worker movement's flagship "service center," under the auspices of the National Farm Workers Service Center, Inc. (NFWSC), from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. Forty Acres was the site of several significant events between 1968 and 1993, and it continues to serve as an important locus of collective memory. Forty Acres was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008. Plans for the Roy Reuther Administration Building—the second building constructed at Forty Acres—took shape in April 1968. By that point, the success of the United Farm Worker Organizing Committee's grape boycott and the completion of Cesar Chavez's first public fast had generated new levels of support and strength. The union was growing, and the services provided by the NFWSC were expanding. The large, steel-frame building would provide a centralized administrative space as well as space for services and meetings. The building's method of construction reflected its close association with the farm worker movement. Richard Chavez served as the contractor, and he actively sought discounted or donated building materials. His small crew of workers also sought and received assistance from scores of skilled volunteers from building trade unions, including cement finishers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, and tile setters. Such assistance helped farm workers build solidarity with other members of the broader labor movement. The Administration Building was completed in September 1969. It was named in honor of Roy Reuther, the brother of United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther. Upon completion, the building became significant as a symbol of the enduring presence of the farm worker movement.
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N2079
-  Survey number: HABS CA-2878-B
-  Building/structure dates: 1968-1969 Initial Construction
-  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 08001090
Medium
Photo(s): 15
Measured Drawing(s): 2
Data Page(s): 8
Photo Caption Page(s): 1
Call Number/Physical Location
HABS CA-2878-B
Source Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
ca3945
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Online Format
image
pdf
Description
Photo(s): 15 | Measured Drawing(s): 2 | Data Page(s): 8 | Photo Caption Page(s): 1

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Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Cesar Chavez, United Farm Workers, Inc National Farm Workers Service Center, Richard Chavez, United Farm Worker Organizing Committee, United Auto Workers, et al., Rosenthal , James W, and James Rosenthal, photographer. Forty Acres, Roy Reuther Administration Building, 8 Garces Highway Northwest Corner of Garces Highway and Mettler Avenue, Delano, Kern County, CA. California Delano Kern County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ca3945/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Chavez, C., United Farm Workers, National Farm Workers Service Center, I., Chavez, R., United Farm Worker Organizing Committee [...] Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, I., Rosenthal, J. W. & Rosenthal, J., photographer. (1933) Forty Acres, Roy Reuther Administration Building, 8 Garces Highway Northwest Corner of Garces Highway and Mettler Avenue, Delano, Kern County, CA. California Delano Kern County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ca3945/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographers by Rosenthal , James W, and James Rosenthal. Forty Acres, Roy Reuther Administration Building, 8 Garces Highway Northwest Corner of Garces Highway and Mettler Avenue, Delano, Kern County, CA. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ca3945/>.