Old Lehmer’s building in Concord, now completely demolished

July 27, 2010 9:26 am · 17 comments

The old Lehmer’s building in downtown Concord is now gone, and soon, other structures in the big block near the Masonic building on Galindo & Clayton Road/Concord Boulevard will be gone, too.

The Masonic building will be moved next to the historic Galindo House on Clayton Road (just across the street) within the next three years, and if it’s not moved within that time frame, the City of Concord can demolish the Masonic building.

Earlier this year, the City of Concord sold the Galindo House and Masonic building to the Concord Historical Society for $1 each, which included an agreement to move the Masonic building.

The Concord Historical Society’s master plans for the Galindo House and Masonic building will cost just over $2.5-million.

The Concord Redevelopment Agency owns all the property being demolished in the block around Galindo/Concord Blvd & Clayton Road, but as of right now, there are no plans to build anything.

Thanks to “Radar” for the photos of the demolition!

1 Cowellian July 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The Masonic Lodge:

Historic? Yes

Ugly? Oh Yeah!

2 Ian July 27, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I’ve got $2 on it if the city will tear the masonic lodge down now.

3 jtkatec July 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM

I love the Masonic bldg, the old tile work on the stairs. I sure would like to look at the upstairs.

Concord Historical Society should offer tours. I would be willing to buy a ticket.

4 radar July 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM

The Masonic building is beauitful in its own way that’s for sure. Should be interesting to watch the building being moved.

5 nova7 July 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM

The Masonic Bldg currently houses the California Watercolor Association (CWA). The CWA is very active and it has a growing membership of over 700 artists. Their Gallery is open Thurs-Sun from 11am–4pm, and their juried art is top notch. So if you want to see great art, or the Masonic Bldg. before it’s relocated, stop by (it has high ceilings and nice natural light, and an “early 20th century ambience”).

The CWA holds an annual National Exhibition at the Presidio Officers Club. This year it’s running July 14-Sept 19. Hours are: Wed-Sun. 11am – 5pm (Free). See: http://www.presidio.gov/calendar/

Artists (and Concord redevelopment entities) check out the CWA website at: californiawatercolor.org

6 A non July 27, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Lehmers was an eye sore.

7 MO July 27, 2010 at 12:17 PM

I knew the Lehmers. And, an eyesore or not, what a plethora of history that area is. And The Masonic Bldg is beautiful. One of the most beautiful..ever in Concord.
In the last 40 years the younger generation has been too quick to bulldoze and rebuild.
And some the newer bldgs are ugly.
The High Rises of the 80s and the Town House Apts for example on Willow Pass … cheap structures stretched to the sidewalks to squeeze in as many people as possible.
The whole mess shows there has been no planning.
That’s my opinion…but the eye of this generation is far less sensitive to beauty than it is MONEY.

Historical Societies and Preservationists are extinct in Concord.
But the current generation pays the taxes so they deserve what they get.

8 Monte Katt July 27, 2010 at 12:52 PM

What would it cost to move that large building? Where is the $$$$$ money coming from, which pocket do they use?

9 Mr. Mayor July 27, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I believe it costs about $500,000 to move it. It’s all financed by the Concord Historical Society.

10 Monte Katt July 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

The Concord Historical Society is that flush with money, or do they have to raise the funds? A big big job ahead. Good Luck.

11 Mr. Mayor July 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I think they raise funds.

12 radar July 27, 2010 at 1:22 PM

MO, the Concord Historical Society in Concord is alive, well and very active. The apartments are the result of poor planning not by an extinct historical society. Concord’s Historical Society raises funds and I’ve covered a few of those events for the Concordian paper that I freelance for. They do have big job ahead of them with the moving of the Masonic building and then refurbishing it when its moved to the Galindo house property.

13 Ian July 27, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Mo, I agree that many of the newer buildings are an eyesore, but in my opinion, so is the Masonic building. I just don’t see it.

14 anonamom July 27, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I’m with MO on this one. The Historical society is active, and I applaud them for trying to save the Masonic Hall. I’ve been through all of it several years ago. It is worth saving. But, and a BIG But it is; The block around the square is nice, but the row upon row of cramped, overpriced apartments and condos are an eyesore. The average family in concord could not afford them, even if they could fit into them, and the area is being concentrated on by the city at the expense of services to the outlying neighborhoods. Concords budget for sidewalk repair even refers to “lower income areas” where they will just sand and fill in broken concrete rather than replace it. Tells you why we have some real crappy looking neighborhoods even where the citizens work hard to keep their own properties in good repair.

15 anonamom July 27, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Concord Historical Society as per tax filings has about $501,000.00. And annual income has been pretty much cut in half from what it was 5 years ago. They’re going to have to work hard and fast if they hope to save that building in under 3 years.

16 Anonymous July 27, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Now if only we could get the city to tear down the ugly over priced apartments/condos.

17 WESTPITTSBURG925 July 29, 2010 at 1:20 AM

CONcord is just an ugly city period!! Tear the whole city down.. So much meaning to it’s name when it comes to Pro’s and Con’s of a city. ProCord just wouldn’t work!!

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