Chico Veterans Memorial Hall
The MONCA Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that the Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved our lease of the historic Veterans Memorial Hall in Chico on March 26th, 2013.
The Veteran's Memorial Hall was built in 1927 on the site of what had been John Bidwell's hay warehouse in the 1880's on the former Tehema County Road. By the 1920's, the road, now The Esplanade, was still Chico's major northern axis. Two lots just to the south of the Chico Vecino area and opposite the high school were purchased in 1926 from Mrs. Theresa Purdue for $2,500 by the County Board of Supervisors. A prominent Chico architectural firm of the 1920's, Cole & Brouchaud, was chosen to design the building. Their knowledge of the appropriate interpretation of classic elements is seen in this building as well as in several on the CSU, Chico campus (in early Christian-Byzantine Revival styles). The Veteran's Hall has remained an integral part of the Chico community since its dedication on Veterans' Day 1927.
This grand building sits on the Esplanade in close proximity to other museums in the community, and it is a fitting home for MONCA's permanent collection. The next phase of our work involves a capital campaign to raise needed funds for building improvements. These upgrades need to be completed prior to monca moving in and opening for visitors. We would love your help and support as we take these critical next steps! Stay tuned...