- A new sewer lateral was installed.
- Asbestos was removed from the great telephone / church room.
- The roof was repaired.
- Sumps cleaned, pumps tested and operational.
- All locks re-keyed.
- Old interior walls from church and school removed.
- The fire sprinkler system was updated.
- Fire extinguishers updated with signage.
- Earthquake gas shutoff valve installed.
- Exit signs updated and lit.
- Alarm system updated and working.
- Moldy janitor’s closet scrubbed and dried, sealed and painted for use.
- Telephone system installed.
- Wi-fi routers installed.
- Electric system repaired.
- Building perimeter sealed.
- Playground equipment traded to Baptist Church for use of Parking lot.
- Parking lot drainage project complete.
- Maxwell Library project underway.
- Shop shear wall seismic project underway.
We haven’t mentioned Fund Raising in awhile, but the truth is our Fund Raising will never end. CHRS did a tremendous job by raising enough money to purchase 2152 Central Avenue. Not many historical radio societies that we know of, has raised over $1 Million to purchase their own building… And control their own destiny. So we now have to move forward and build ‘CHRS Radio Central’.
WE NEED YOUR HELP –
We needed your help to purchase Radio Central and you came through with flying colors. Now the serious work begins to turn this 114 year old telephone / church / school building into a true West Coast Center devoted to Radio.
THE DONATION BOX IS OPEN AND ACCEPTING –
Your donations to CHRS can now be directed to the funds or projects you choose. When you click to make donations you will be taken to the CHRS Main Donation Page. Just check the box for your preferred donation Fund. The Funds are:
FIRST PRIORITY FUNDING – These are the funds and projects that provide us the capital to move forward with our mission on a daily basis.
- The CHRS General Operations Fund – For the monthly upkeep of the Radio Central facility. (Insurance, phone / DSL, power, garbage, water, fire system, alarm system, IT Services, off site storage). It costs us roughly $2,000 per month to exist at Radio Central. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE
- The CHRS General Construction Fund – For the necessary upgrades and remodeling to accommodate our CHRS activities. (Shop project, Library project, display galleries, flooring, paint, service upgrades, seismic upgrades, accessory building project, radio control rooms). Rough construction estimate $120,000. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE
- The Building Naming Fund – Right now Radio Central occupies The Laura Phillips Building. Laura Phillips was the founder of The Children’s Learning Center, the school that last owned the building. What a legacy it would be for someone to have the building housing the West Coast Center for Radio and Radio History including the CHRS Vintage Radio Museum and the Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame, named in their honor. A $350,000 donation creates a permanent legacy for someone at this historic place. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE
- The Building Facade Restoration Fund – Radio Central was built in 1900 in the classic California Mission Revival Style by the Sunset Telegraph and Telephone Company. In the 1960’s, the Church of the Nazarene erected the flat ‘modern’ front that we see today. The Building Facade Fund would allow CHRS to restore the facade to the original 1900 Mission Revival Style. Most of the detail still exists under the flat front. This project would also include an accessable wheelchair lift which will eventually be required for accessibility. Construction estimate including lift is $120,000 – $150,000. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE
- The Compact Mobile Storage Fund – Storage has always been a problem for us. Yes this building is 2,700 sq. ft. larger than our space at KRE but still presents problems for storage of artifacts to be rotated in and out of displays, thousands of vacuum tubes, records, tapes, ETs and other items needing to be stored on site. Compact mobile storage is used in many museums, libraries, warehouses and anyplace storage needs to be maximized. Unfortunately it is quite expensive. The storage facility would be in 2/3 of the large downstairs room opposite to our kitchen. The cost is $49,000. It can be done in stages; $17,000 for the static end units and rail system and then $6,200 for each moving unit as needed for a total of 5. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE
Class of 2014
CHRS, in its commitment to the preservation of Bay Area radio history has been associated with projects including John Schneider’s book “Bay Area Radio”. Having CHRS involved with such projects makes CHRS a creditable source for telling the story of Bay Area Radio.