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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 7:33 am

We asked creative types around town about their favorite buildings in Lodi. Here are their answers, along with a little bit of history.

Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

“A native of Sacramento, California, when I first moved to Lodi in the 1980s I was immediately struck by the charm of this little city. Being a connoisseur of art and architecture, I was overjoyed at the rich treasures the city had to offer.

One of my favorite landmarks is the Carnegie Building. Designed by Walter King and built in 1910, this masterpiece of Classic Revival architecture boasts brick from nearby Corral Hollow, multi-panel upper sash windows, and iron lamps in the art nouveau gothic style. The lamps’ heavy scroll work and severe flourishes especially continue to inspire my creations.” — Suzanna Elliott, House of Iron

History in brief

Carnegie Forum was originally Carnegie Library, and served as the public library for the City of Lodi. It was one of many libraries built in the U.S. with money from the Carnegie Foundaton established by Steel Magnate Andrew Carnegie.

The building was vacanted in 1979 when the library moved to its new location at Locust and Church street.

Plans were made to remodel the building to serve as a meeting space for the City Council. A name change was approved in 1988. The remodel was completed in 1989.

Eye-catching Lodi architecture
Woolworth Building, 115 S. School St., Lodi

Woolworth Building, 115 S. School St. 

“I’m in the restoration trade. We do architectural woodwork and interiors. We have a real appreciation for going into an old structure and seeing all the labor that would be impossible to duplicate these days. That level of skill and labor is nearly impossible to pull off.

I’m a big fan of the Old Woolworth Building on School Street, which is a bit selfish, since I own part of it. The restorers went to great effort to keep the spirit of the old building alive. The set up is conducive to new businesses. But I knew it when you could go sit down at the lunch counter.

It gives communities a sense of character when you can point out “This used to be that business, and now it’s this.” There’s a certain sense of history when you can bring something up to modern standards while keeping the original intent intact.”  — David Worfolk, Design Woodworking

History in brief

The Woolworth building was originally created in 1948, and was a Woolworth’s department store until 1993 when the business shut its doors. The building was approved for a remodel in 2002. At the time it was the largest unused building in the downtown area.

Today, it houses a pottery shop called the Mud Mill, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Crush Kitchen and Bar, Taste of Heaven, a hair salon, and Knowlton Fine Art Gallery.

The adjacent alley has been converted into a dining patio.

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Pine Street Apartments, 309 W. Pine St., Lodi

Pine Street Apartments, 309 W. Pine St.

“My favorite building in Lodi is a wonderful Art Deco style apartment building next to Carnegie Forum, at 309 W. Pine Street. It’s a white complex, built in 1920, with brick trim around the doors and windows and a beautiful glass cantilevered awning over the front doors. The building is fanciful with many stylish details. When you peer into the front door you can see rich wood paneling. I’ve always imaged it as a place that would be the setting for a noir film.” — Robin Knowlton, Knowlton Art Gallery

History in brief

This apartment building was originally built in 1920. Originally, it had eight bedrooms and four bathrooms, but has seen extensive interior renovations over the years.

Eye-catching Lodi architecture
Compass Bank, 1150 W. Kettleman Lane, Lodi

Compass Bank, 1150 W. Kettleman Lane

“A great restoration in town is the bank on Kettleman Lane. This was the old Beckman house, and it’s one of the first projects I worked on as an intern with Arlie Pressler Architects. It was the home of one of the original Beckmans that settled this area in the later 1880s. During the project, I met the nephew of the original builder, which was thrilling.

Compared to the rest of Lodi at the time, that was way out in the country. In 1981, it was already a bank, but one group wanted to tear it down and build something more modern. Instead, the CEO decided it was worth preserving. The goal was to maintain the residential form, but make it more professionally acceptable.

We were playing with the characteristics of a Victorian Era house. It’s a farmhouse. I’m from the east coast, where we have 200 year old apartment buildings. I couldn’t figure out why we were restoring a 100 year old house. Then I realized, in the state of California, there isn’t a lot with much heritage just yet.” — John Della Monica, Della Monica Snyder Architecture

History in brief

The home was first built around 1887. It was the home of Stanlee Beckman, whose family settled much of Lodi. The house and surrounding Vineyards were sold to a developer in 1979. Currently, it is a branch of Compass Bank.



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