The architectural style of this building has been described as Mission Revival. Both Spanish and Moorish elements can be detected in its unique lines. The building was purchased by Lompoc Museum Associates, Inc. in 2003.
Stone Pine Hall was acquired to provide convenient space for meetings, receptions, multi-media presentations, lectures, and small-venue cultural performances of live drama, dance, or music. The hall is available for museum programs and activities, as well as those of associated cultural organizations in the community such as Lompoc Civic Theatre, Lompoc Valley Art Association, Lompoc Photographer’s Guild, and Stone Pine Quilters.
What’s In a Name?
Stone Pine Hall is named for the Italian Stone Pines that form a canopy over three city blocks on South H Street in Old Town Lompoc. Originally planted as Monterey Pines circa 1940, the mistake produced a majestic stand of Italian Stone Pine trees that is one of the healthiest and most beautiful in the world. The trees have an estimated value in excess of $3 million and are considered a great asset and historic resource to the community.
Italian Stone Pine Trees and Nuts
Native to the Mediterranean region, Italian Stone Pines can reach a height in excess of 60’ with a matching crown spread. The trees rarely live longer than 150 years. The first Stone Pine nuts were harvested in Spain over 6,000 years ago. Their protein value is equal to 2/3 that of a steak.