LOMPOC VETERANS MEMORIAL BUILDING FOUNDATION
FRANK L. GRUBE, TREASURER
LOMPOC, CA. 93436-7845
805 740 1804
I am pleased to submit this inquiry from the Lompoc Veterans Memorial
Building Foundation, requesting your support for the rehabilitation and preservation of our historic Veterans Memorial Building.
The California State Office of Historic Preservation
has found that the Memorial Building is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The Facility Assessment of Condition Report, prepared by a Santa Barbara
architectural firm in 2007, lists specific projects and areas that require funding. A few projects are estimated
in excess of $100,000 and are still available for financial assistance. The building rehab will require about $4 million which will be funded by corporation and foundation grants, local,
state and federal appropriations.
Veterans Memorial Building was constructed in 1936 as part of the WPA initiative on property partially donated to the County
of Santa Barbara by the American Legion Post 211. The 20,000 square foot building is a fine example of California Spanish
Revival architecture, typical in the region and throughout Southern California. For the most part the building remains as
it was originally built with only minor modifications. It was designated a City of Lompoc Historic Landmark in 1989 and, as
such, can not be demolished, removed or destroyed by City proclamation. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors supported
this action. Application has been made to list the Veterans Memorial Building as a National Historic Landmark. The interior
has two artistic displays of La Purisima Mission that are signed and dated 1936 by artists commissioned by President Franklin
Roosevelt’s Federal Art Project. Historical records and logs show during World War 2 the four story tower in the center
of the building was manned as a lookout position watching for Japanese aircraft. More pictures can be seen on the website:
Memorial Building is home to the following Veteran organizations: American Legion Post 125 and Womens Auxiliary, Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 1717 and Womens Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 570 and Womens Auxiliary, Boots and Chutes (a
military funeral detachment), American Legion Post 211 Womens Auxiliary, American GI Forum and Disabled American Veterans
Chapter 91. American Legion Post 125 is located on the second floor with a social room. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1717
is located in the basement and also maintains a social room. The 4th District County Supervisor and staff
have offices in the east wing.
capacity of the building has the Auditorium seating 300 people for meals or 650 with auditorium style seating, the Banquet
Hall would seat about 230 and the rest of the building could have anywhere from 70 to 300 occupants, making a maximum total
occupant load of 1,180 persons. The first floor consisting of the Auditorium, Banquet Hall, Trophy Room and kitchen are available
for community activities with a reasonable rental fee. Functions such as high school proms, veteran events, weddings, community
organizational functions are scheduled frequently.
Veterans Memorial Building Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity 501(c)(3), 26-3087667, corporation organized to provide
for the long-term preservation, conservation and education of the historic Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building as legacy to
the community. Membership on the Board of Trustees consists of veterans from various organizations and interested civic-minded
citizens. Members are volunteers and do not receive any salary or benefits. All contributions are programmed for the goal
of total restoration and preservation.
Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation
100 E. Locust Avenue
Lompoc. Ca. 93436-7845
Alice Milligan; Chairperson,
Board of Trustees
Lompoc Veterans Memorial
100 E. Locust Avenue
Lompoc, Ca. 93436-7845
Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity 501(c)(3), 26-3087667, corporation organized
to provide for the long-term preservation, conservation and education of the historic Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building as
legacy to the community.