A step in the right direction for Municipal Building

TRACY’S MUNICIPAL BUILDING opened to the public in November 1938 and served as the City’s hub for many years. And it still does today. Photo / Per Peterson

The Tracy Municipal Building, one of Tracy’s most diverse and functional buildings, has been determined eligible to gain a spot on the National Register of Historic Places list.

While the designation is of an honorary nature, it does open the door for the City to pursue grants for much-needed improvements to the structure.

“This means that the City is able to not only formally nominate and list the building on the National Register but also to apply for additional Legacy grants to plan for repairs and upgrades to the building,” said Lauren Anderson, an historian at New History, an historic preservation consulting firm the City partnered with for a Phase 1 architectural history survey of the downtown area. “This is exciting news. This was a really fun project for me to work on. There’s a lot of unique features that have been preserved throughout the building.”

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