City moving on historical evaluation of Legion Hall

The American Legion Hall dates back to 1940.

The city of Los Altos plans to hire historical preservation consultants to evaluate the 80-year-old American Legion Hall.

The structure at 347 First St. in downtown Los Altos was built by World War I veterans in 1940. Members of American Legion Post 558 initiated efforts last year to have the building deemed a historical landmark to ensure preservation. Legion member Bill Bassett said the Legion has been under pressure to sell the property. The Legion continues to use the facility for meetings as well as rental space.

According to Los Altos associate planner Sean Gallegos, the city initiated outreach last month for professional help. The plan is to submit a draft evaluation to the city by mid-April, followed by a review in May by the city’s Historical Commission.

“The city felt it was appropriate to support the efforts to preserve a structure that contributed to the formation of Los Altos,” Gallegos said.

Bassett said Legion members have agreed to the process.

The building was a meeting place for discussions that led to the incorporation of Los Altos as a city in 1952.

Bassett noted that Los Altos city officials had approached American Legion members approximately 25 years ago about designating the hall a historical landmark, but Legion leadership at the time rebuffed the city’s offer.

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