Cayucos Vets Hall Restoration
The Cayucos Vets Hall, formerly the Cass Warehouse, was constructed in 1875 by Capt. James Cass, founder of Cayucos. It is located at the base of the Cayucos Pier in Cayucos State Beach, a popular tourist area. Over the years the facility functioned as an important community and event center, but it was deemed structurally unsound in 2016 and closed to the public.
The County Board of Supervisors awarded the construction contract to restore the historic facility to JG Contracting of Nipomo in October 2022. Full rehabilitation of the facility and surrounding site will restore a central piece of Cayucos history and the heartbeat of the community where residents and visitors have gathered for generations.
The Vets Hall has been determined to have historic significance at the local, state and national level, and therefore the project's design and construction shall meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The scope of the rehabilitation project includes:
- Removal of non-historic additions and rehabilitation of the original Cass warehouse (Main Hall)
- Salvaging original historic materials for re-application; adding new-to-match where needed
- Providing a new foundation 2.5 feet higher than current to address sea level rise
- Installation of new steel framing between wood trusses to provide structural stability
- Construction of a new addition with Art Gallery, History Museum and Kitchen in style to match the original historic building
- Renovating the BBQ patio and picnic area adjacent to the Hall
- Providing new ADA compliant exterior decking and boardwalk with access to the beach and the pier
- Notice to Proceed Issued: December 5, 2022
- Contract Schedule Total # of Days: 436 calendar days
- Completion Date: February 15, 2024
- Days Added to Contract: 7 days
- New Completion Date: February 22, 2024
Upcoming Work - September 2023
For more information, please contact Margaret Mayfield, Project Manager III, via email or call (805) 781-1523
August 2023: The historic warehouse is moved back onto the new foundation
August 2023: Temporary bracing of the warehouse structure
July 2023: Installation of new floor sheathing
July 2023: Installation of new floor framing
July 2023: Installation of new steel floor beams
June 2023: Removal of existing asphalt shingle roofing
June 2023: Installation of new concrete foundation
May 2023: Drilling and installation of concrete caissons for new building foundation
April 2023: The existing warehouse foundation is demolished.
April 2023: The historic warehouse is lifted and moved off of its existing foundation.
March 2023: Removal of non-historic additions complete.
February 2023: Removal of exterior stucco reveals original redwood siding.
The Cayucos Veteran's Memorial Hall Rehabilitation project kicked-off construction on December 2, 2022 with a public 'groundbreaking' event.
Construction of this project has been made possible with grant funds awarded to the project by the California Natural Resources Agency and California State Parks through programs funded by Proposition 68, and by the State Coastal Conservancy. Additionally, the community of Cayucos has raised over $500,000 in contributions for the project through the Restore the Cayucos Vets Hall Committee.
California Natural Resources Agency
Cultural, Community and Natural Resources grant program: $4,437,000 award
The mission of the California Natural Resources Agency is to restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical, and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect for all the communities and interests involved.
California Department of Parks & Recreation
Locally-Operated State Parks grant program: $705,250 award
The mission of the California Department of Parks and Recreation is to provide for the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
State Coastal Conservancy grant: $345,000 award
The Coastal Conservancy is a California state agency, established in 1976, to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, to help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and to sustain local economies along California's coast. It acts with others to protect and restore, and increase public access to, California's coast, ocean, coastal watersheds, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Its vision is of a beautiful, restored, and accessible coast for current and future generations of Californians.
Perspective Renderings of the Completed Project
Cayucos Vets Hall Notice of Closure
Cayucos Vets Hall Proposed Floor Plan
Cayucos Vets Hall Architectural Resource Evaluation Report
Construction set to begin on Cayucos Vets Hall renovation
Contact Public Works via web form, email, or call us at (805) 781-5252.