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Atascadero's historical city hall will glow with lights by December

Here's a rendering showing what the Atascadero City Administration Building will look like after lights are installed.
Here's a rendering showing what the Atascadero City Administration Building will look like after lights are installed. Courtesy rendering

New exterior lighting to help illuminate the historic character of the Atascadero City Administration Building is now being installed after the city received state grant money.

The 2003 San Simeon Earthquake damaged the dome-topped rotunda building in downtown Atascadero, closing it for a decade. The building reopened summer 2013 after it was fixed and restored.

“We have come a long way since the 2003 earthquake,” Mayor Tom O’Malley said in a statement. “Now we will be able to light up city hall in time for the holidays.”

Lights will be added to highlight the dome, the four quotes engraved above the entrances, the entrances themselves, the Palma and Lewis avenues columns, and parts of the upper rotunda. Wiring work is underway in the basement and upper rotunda. The whole project is expected to be completed by the city’s Winter Wonderland event in December.

A $157,000 grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment, a state program, has allowed the city to add more lighting to the 1917 building’s exterior because the majority of the funds used to repair the building were restricted to only making it usable again.

The city is also putting an additional $117,000 toward the project from bonds Atascadero issued in 2010.

The contractors on the project are Rob Reynolds Construction Inc. of Creston to install the lights and Consolidated Electrical Distributors of Paso Robles to supply the lighting fixtures and bulbs.

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment already contributed $2 million to the building’s restoration to bring back elements phased out over the years, such as adding terra cotta railings around the top rotunda and recreating original doorframes throughout the building.

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