Notable Projects

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

As an independent consultant working for the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History, HPC Historian, Brent Johnson completed an oral history of the Jonas Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Interviews with Melvin Cohn, Leslie Orgel, Charles Massey, Walter Eckhart, and Delbert Glanz were transcribed and videotaped for the occasion of the Institutes 40th Anniversary.

HABS/HAER Historic Documentation
Julian Hinds Substation, Desert Center CA

The purpose of the historic photographic record was to document the impact of the Julian Hinds Substation expansion by the Blythe Energy Project Transmission Line (BEPTL) by taking photographs of the site before and after completion of new construction. Mr. Johnson completed a large format (4”x5”) historic photographic documentation survey for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) according to Section III of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Architectural and Engineering Documentation. Photography is a vital component in the documentary record of the American industrial heritage. Large format black and white photography using a monorail (Sinar) view camera provides negatives with a depth of contrast and resolution that can be reproduced on film and prints that will last for 500 years. The areas photographed included the sand trap, switch yard, aqueduct conduit, pump house and control room, head gate, switch rack, oil tanks and step-down transformers, and the spillway channel. The negatives and prints were submitted to the Library of Congress for its permanent collection.

Built Environment Survey
Desert Harvest Solar Field, Desert Center CA

In order to understand the quantity, distribution, and preservation status of existing cultural resources a pedestrian survey of the Desert Harvest Solar Field project site and all cultural resources within the Area of Potential Effect were visited and photographed with respect to the proposed Project. Historian, Brent Johnson visited the Project site on November 30, 2011, to identify potential above ground cultural resources that might be impacted by a large solar field, and if possible, to suggest a course of mitigation. The cultural items thought most likely to be affected by these factors include resources associated with pioneering and settlement activities at Desert Center, construction of the Colorado River Aqueduct and the substation at Eagle Mountain, war materiel left from the Desert Training Center (CAMA) and the Desert Center Airport, mining technology from the Eagle Mountain Mine and its associated Railroad, and electric transmission lines that bisect the Project location.

CEQA - Direct/Indirect APE and Historic Architectural Assessment
Roosevelt Elementary School. Long Beach CA

Mr. Johnson conducted a Direct/Indirect APE Historic Architectural Assessment for the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, LBUSD Site Number 452, located at 1574 Linden Avenue, in the city of Long Beach. The purpose of the historic architectural assessment was to determine if an educational building should be considered an historic property in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 and its implementing regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, and Section 10563 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) of 1970. The building was designed by George Kahrs and built by the WPA. Kahrs was one of the city's most productive architects, gaining recognition for his design of Veterans Memorial Hall, the Landmark Broadlind Hotel, and public school architecture that included Robert E. Lee Elementary, Starr King Elementary, and the subject candidate. Based on the eligibility criteria under NEPA, documentation of the building according to HABS/HAER Level II was recommended.

Historic District Evaluation (HRER)
Saint Anthony's Catholic Parish, Alamitos Park, Long Beach CA

This Historical Resources Evaluation Report (HRER) and Historic District Evaluation of the Saint Anthony's Parish involved the assessment of approximately 50 residential and commercial buildings, in addition to the Saint Anthony's Catholic Parish, which includes a Gothic Revival church and Italian Renaissance high school building, convent, and rectory. The purpose of the report was to determine potential impacts and suggest possible mitigation associated with the development of the proposed Alamitos Park Project. The project involved a records search at the South Central Coastal California Information Center (SCCIC); review of Long Beach City building permits and city directories; a summary of Long Beach historic architecture; and direct assessment of every building older than 45 years within the proposed area of impact along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, 6th Street, and 7th Street.

Architectural Historian Evaluation (DPR523)
Angel Stadium / Edison International Field of Anaheim, Anaheim CA

The Angel Stadium / Edison International Field of Anaheim was evaluated for National Register eligibility through the Section 106 process prior to the construction of a DAS HUB antenna system by 5 Bars Inside. The evaluation included a cultural records search at the South Central Coastal Information Center and the Anaheim Heritage Reading Room, an interview with the Anaheim Historical Society, and a direct field assessment of the property. The property was evaluated under Criterion A, B, C, and D of the NHRP.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
John Wayne (Santa Ana Airport), Santa Ana CA

This comprehensive Phase I Environmental Site Assessment was conducted on behalf of a major insurance carrier to evaluate the operations of Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG), which provides contracted services for airplane and ground vehicle fueling, baggage handling, maintenance of fuel trucks and cargo dollies, and fuel farm operations for both commercial and general aviation consortiums.

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