Octagon Building (Santa Cruz, California)

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Downtown Santa Cruz, ca. 1890, Octagon Building at left rear
Octagon Building
Octagon Building (Santa Cruz, California) is located in California
Octagon Building (Santa Cruz, California)
Octagon Building (Santa Cruz, California) is located in the US
Octagon Building (Santa Cruz, California)
Location Corner of Front and Cooper Sts., Santa Cruz, California
Coordinates 36°58′29″N 122°1′29″W / 36.97472°N 122.02472°W / 36.97472; -122.02472Coordinates: 36°58′29″N 122°1′29″W / 36.97472°N 122.02472°W / 36.97472; -122.02472
Built 1882
Architect J. W. Newcum[2]
Architectural style Octagon Mode
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP March 24, 1971

The Octagon Building is an historic redbrick octagonal building in Santa Cruz, California, located at 118 Cooper Street, at the corner of Front Street. It was built in 1882, adjacent to the first (1866) County Court House, to serve as the County Hall of Records. In 1894, a major fire destroyed most of the nearby buildings, including the adjacent courthouse, but the brick Octagon survived.

In 1968, the records were moved to a new County Government Center. Many historic brick buildings on the Pacific Garden Mall were damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but again the Octagon survived.[3] On March 24, 1971, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1][4]

Since 1993, the Octagon has been used as the Museum Store for the adjacent Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH), and later as a coffeehouse. Vacant as of October 2016, the building is administered by the MAH.

See also


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ John Chase, Judith Steen, Daniel Platt Gregory (2005). The Sidewalk Companion to Santa Cruz Architecture (3rd ed.). Santa Cruz, Calif.: Museum of Art & History. pp. 179–180. ISBN 9780940283145.
  3. ^ Paul Whitfield; Jeff Dickey; Mark Ellwood; Nick Edwards (2003). The Rough Guide to California (7th ed.). Rough Guides. p. 495. ISBN 978-1-84353-049-7.
  4. ^ "Waymarking listing for the Octagon Building". waymarking.com. Retrieved 2008-10-31.

External links

  • Institutions in Santa Cruz County – 1850–1950
  • The History of the Santa Cruz Courthouse by Margaret Souza
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