IT'S OFFICIAL! WE HAVE THE COUNTY & WALDO POINT HARBOR'S APPROVAL TO GO AHEAD!
The County of Marin have approved the planning and designs submitted for the Charles Van Damme artifacts to be restored and exhibited in the new Waldo Point Park. Lew Cook the owner at Waldo Point Harbor agreed to an amendment to Waldo Point’s redevelopment to include this public exhibit. The Charles Van Damme ferry 100 yr old paddle wheel and steam stack will return to it’s original resting place but in a new restored form.
The plans, submitted by Michael Rex Architects were approved on Monday August 1st 2016. The Charles Van Damme ferry celebrates its Centennial this year. After 10 years of gathering information, gaining awareness and saving the artifacts from demolition, an official blessing from both the land owners and County to go ahead with the restoration is a perfect 100yrs birthday gift. Check out the IJ newspaper article.
SAVE THESE DATES.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18TH
our centennial celebration & fundraising kick off at the Seahorse in Sausalito ( details to follow)
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH
Come see us at the floating homes tour to learn more.
GET INVOLVED We are building our steering committee.
Please contact us if you are interested in helping with events, research, grants, fundraising, outreach, book keeping and more.
The Charles Van Damme Ferry Project is looking for an office space.
We are entering the restore phase of the project and need a space to archive work, continue filming oral histories and plan and fundraise for the artifacts to be restored and exhibited as a public monument.
If you have a space, preferably near the houseboats Let us know
PS: JUDE ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THIS PROJECT IS LOOKING FOR A HOUSE SIT OR REASONABLE RENT IN THE AREA TOO. SHE'S MOVING BACK FROM THE DESERT ESPECIALLY TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT.
THE CHARLES VAN DAMME FERRY SAILED ACROSS THE BAY BEFORE THE RICHMOND BRIDGE WAS BUILT.
It became 2 restaurants, a music venue and a local hangout. The Paddle wheel and steamstack are all that now remain.
We successfully saved the lOOyr old artifacts from demolition.
We are currently raising funds to restore the artifacts.
EXHIBIT We have formal approval & permits from Waldo Point Harbor and the County of Marin for the Charles Van Damme Ferry exhibit to be built in the new State mandated park at Waldo Point Harbor.
Help us maintain 100 yrs of waterfront history to inspire the generations to come.
With the donation of your time, money, expertise and support we will succeed in saving, restoring and displaying a rare and important local maritime and cultural icon to inspire both present and future generations to come.
NEW! You now can post and share stories on our face book group- the Charles Van Damme Ferry.