Lompoc, Santa Barbara County
Central Coast area, Central Coast region
The Lompoc Museum
Lompoc's old Carnegie building, one of seven Classic Revival Carnegies designed by William Weeks in the "temple style," is now an historical and archeological museum. It was designated Lompoc Historical Landmark No. 1 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
The fertile Lompoc valley, site of Mission La Purisima Conception is today noted for its production of seeds from its many acres of flowers. In 1874 it was selected for a temperance colony and small farms were auctioned to settlers. The women of the community were instrumental in negotiations for Carnegie funding. The sum of $10,000 was received and A.D. Burke constructed the building which opened in 1911. The 1941 establishment of nearby Camp Cooke, which in 1956 became Vandenberg Air Force Base, dramatically increased the population. A new library was competed in 1969 and the Carnegie building became a museum.