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March 27, 2020


Sally Meakin

Joanne’s writings are never dull. Witness the magnificent Burlingame Centennial book and Burlingame Founding Families website.

Jennifer Pfaff

Ditto to that:)


What is the latest with the Rec Center demolition and new construction.

With the current situation will it be postphoned?


I would guess that construction has been put on hold. Only residential construction has been deemed essential by the state and county.

Let's move any further discussion of this to the last Rec Center post about the cost here:


Joanne P Bennett

Remember the old city hall as a child.
Pet Food Express was Roarke's, a fine china and glassware shop up until it became
a Blockbuster store.

Peter Garrison

And, on the corner, the ornate Bank of America with the fireplace and coffee table- Bon Appétit grocery checkers running past carrying bags to limousines from Hillsborough.


You mean the ornate Bank of Italy building with the Spanish galleons (of Christopher Columbus) on the front pillars. Founded in 1904 by AP Giannini and later to become the Bank of America and ending its bank life as Bayview Federal Savings (now US Bank).

Of course, if we had tougher preservation in town, we would still have that exterior like Old Pasadena has:


And I bet that design would be a lot more secure than the fishbowl we have now.


The History of Burlingame is amazing.
I wonder what History will say about us?


Let us not forget that the Burlingame historical society restored the cupola some years ago and they can not continue to do those types of projects without the public’s generous donations. Please continue to support them. Www.burlingamehistory.org

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