On July 9, 2002, the Museum
took its first big step toward finding a new and permament home.
SMVRHM made a preliminary presentation to the Santa Maria Recreation
and Parks Commission proposing to
occupy some combination of the buildings at 626 S. McClelland that the Rec
and Parks Department is in the process of leaving. The property anchors one end of what is fast becoming a cultural
center of the City, and provides the potential of easy access to the rails of the downtown railroad yard that the property
adjoins. Pictured at right is an artist's rendering of how the renovation for the SMVRHM at that location might appear. The
proposal was well received by the Commission who directed that the Recreation and Parks staff continue discussions
with the SMVRHM about this project.
Pictured at left are the Recreation and Parks buildings at 626 S. McClelland as they stand today (July 2002).