Rear of Chinatown House

photo by: Rick Eng

11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Rancho Cucamonga Chinatown House

  • Constructed: 1919
  • Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

The Chinatown House is one of the last surviving examples of Chinese worker housing in the Cucamonga Valley of Southern California. It was built from local materials in a vernacular style in 1919 and was designated a City Landmark in 1985. The two-story brick building provided housing and a general store for a community of approximately fifty Chinese American laborers. Today, the house is one of the last remaining tangible connections to the once-thriving Chinese community that helped build modern-day Rancho Cucamonga.

“With proper attention and stewardship, the Chinatown House can serve the community as a tangible reminder of the contributions of Chinese immigrant labor in our nation’s history.”

Stephanie Meeks

The City of Rancho Cucamonga recently issued notice to the Cucamonga Valley Water District, current owners of the property, to mitigate perceived structural issues in the vacant and long-neglected Chinatown House. The City and the Water District began moving toward a demolition plan. Local residents and preservationists immediately expressed concerns over the potential loss of this unique building. In response, the City Planning Commission decided that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) needed to be prepared prior to issuance of a demolition permit. However, the Coalition to Save Chinatown House does not have assurance that the building will be protected.

The Rancho Cucamonga Chinatown House was included on the Trust's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2013.

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