Survey documents need to stabilize, preserve historic Cooperage

The UC Santa Cruz Physical Planning & Construction Office and UCSC's Friends of the Cowell Lime Works are planning a project to stabilize and preserve the Cooperage, located near the main entrance to the campus.

From the mid-1800s through the 1920s, the building on the former Cowell Ranch was the location where barrels were assembled to transport the processed quicklime from the adjacent kilns. Ox-drawn wagons were then loaded with the barrels of lime and sent downhill to the company-owned wharf and warehouse facilities at the Monterey Bay front terminus of Bay Street, for shipping.

The Cooperage was used for storage into the 1950s after lime operations had ceased at the site.

This report, prepared as part of documentation to facilitate a stabilization and preservation project, was funded by Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.

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View a copy of the report