Ferndale Main Street Historic District

300--580 Main, 330 Ocean and 207--290 Francis Sts., Ferndale, California


Main Street

Photo taken by Richard Doody in October 2012



Street View 


"FERNDALE - This pioneer agricultural community, settled in 1852, helped feed the booming population of mid-century San Francisco. Long known as 'cream city,' Ferndale made innovative and lasting contributions to the dairy industry. Local creameries, and the town's role as a transportation and shipping center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fostered prosperity that produced Ferndale's outstanding Victorian-Gothic residential and false-front commercial architecture." - California Historic Landmark No.883

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 10, 1994
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Queen Anne; Victorian: Stick/Eastlake; Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Department store; Restaurant; Financial institution; Specialty store; Business; Hotel; Multiple dwelling; Single dwelling
Current functions
Restaurant; Department store; Specialty store; Financial institution; Business; Hotel; Multiple dwelling; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924; 1875-1899
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 39
Contributing objects: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 13
Non-contributing objects: 2

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Add historical information
  • June 30, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • October 24, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger