Apr 30, 2013 7:28 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Atascadero Rotunda to open 10 years after San Simeon quake

It's been in a state of disrepair for almost 10 years now, but the historic Rotunda Building in Atascadero is about to re-open as the city's administration building. The building was heavily damaged in the 2003 San Simeon earthquake, but has been restored and retrofitted and the final detailing is now underway. It will re-open to the public in August.

The first scheduled event is a preview to the grand re-opening. It's being called "An Elegant Evening at the Rotunda", and will happen Friday, August 2nd. It's a chance for you to check it out before all the furniture and city staff moves back in. Guests will get a tour of each room of the building, and participate in a progressive dinner, experiencing a different course in each wing of the building, with dessert in the upper rotunda. This is a semi-formal event with a silent auction and dancing. Tickets are $100 per person with proceeds from this event benefiting the historic Fountain Restoration Project. They go on sale tomorrow, May 1st.

After the Elegant Evening Grand Opening Preview, city staff and services will begin the herculean task of moving back into the building. Once the furniture and staff are in place, the City Administration will officially open to the public with a day long Grand Opening celebration on Tuesday, August 20th. This event will start off with a ribbon cutting and opening ceremony at 10 a.m. The public will be free to tour the building at their leisure; staff and docents will be available to answer questions about the history and restoration.

The Atascadero Historical Society will have items on permanent display in the historic City Hall, and you are encouraged to schedule a tour if you can't make one of the grand openings.

A few of the last historic elements yet to be restored are the outdoor fountains that grace the four corners of the building. They are original to the structure, but were converted to planters decades ago. The goal of the Fountain Restoration Project is to return them to their original function as beautiful fountains once again. Donations will be accepted toward the fountain restoration project. Additionally, all funds received through June 1, from the city's ongoing "Buy a Brick" campaign go toward the Fountain Restoration Project.

All of the activity around the new city hall times perfectly into the city's Centennial Celebration, marking 100 years since the Colony of Atascadero was founded by E.G. Lewis. For details on these special events, please call 805-461-5000 or click here.



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