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In the early 1940s, philanthropist Lucie Stern commissioned the building as the future home for the Sea Scouts, an organization committed to enhancing boating skills, water safety, and knowledge of maritime heritage. In 1941, the building opened and the Sea Scouts launched boats onto the Palo Alto harbor, a thriving harbor that once fronted the building.
In 1986, the Palo Alto City Council voted to close the harbour and allow the Palo Alto Baylands to restore to their natural state as tidal salt marshes.
In 1999, the building received a Preservation Award from the Art Deco Society of California as an outstanding example of art deco style architecture. A few years after, Environmental Volunteers was given the opportunity to embrace the challenge of making it the ultimate recycling and restoration project.
After years of permitting and construction, on July 22, 2012, the center opened as the headquarters for the Environmental Volunteers and functions as a public nature center and community education resource. As you enter the building, look for round markers that denote the Green Building features that the EVs incorporated during restoration. These include refurbished siding, flooring, and windows; blue jeans insulation; and soda bottle carpet.