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Cowell Lime Works Historic District
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District
Location: University of California, Santa Cruz campus; High St. and Glen Coolidge Dr., Santa Cruz, California
Area: 32 acres (130,000 m2)
Built/Founded: 1853
Architectural style(s): Italianate, Limekilns: pot & continuous
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: November 21, 2007
NRHP Reference#: 07001220[1]

The Cowell Lime Works in Santa Cruz, California, also known as Davis and Jordan Lime Company, Davis and Cowell Lime Company, Henry Cowell Company or Henry Cowell Lime & Cement Company, was a manufacturing company that produced lime.

Part of its area is preserved as Cowell Lime Works Historic District, a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[2][3]

Industrialist Henry Cowell operated the complex in the late 19th and early 20th centures.[4] Once the limestone was quarried, lime was extracted by burning it in limekilns. The fires were fueled by the redwood trees that were logged from adjacent land. Although most of the kilns are fenced off, they are visible in several locations on and around campus and in Pogonip.

The 32-acre (130,000 m2) area includes lime kilns and a number of buildings. There are 11 contributing buildings, 3 other contributing structures, and 1 other contributing object.[1] The site received State Historic Commission approval for NRHP listing in May, 2007,[4] and it was listed on the National Register in November, 2007.

The University of California, Santa Cruz was built on a portion of the old Cowell family ranch. The Cowell Lime Works is located partly or entirely within the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. Limestone was mined from one of several quarries, the most notable being the Upper Quarry, where there is today a large amphitheater. The original campus plan included a stadium in the Lower Quarry, but this was never realized. The original living quarters for ranch employees are still standing at the campus' main entrance, or "base", as is the stonehouse which served as the paymaster's house. The stonehouse was home to the campus newspaper, City on a Hill Press, from the 1970s to the mid-1990s. Many of the other original ranch buildings have been renovated into comfortable modern offices. The university's Women's Center is hosted at the Cardiff House.[5]

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