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Harada House

Riverside, California
County of Riverside.
National Register Number: 77000325
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: CA-43 Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
An architecturally plain residence near downtown Riverside, the Harada House was the object of the first test of the constitutionality of an alien land law in the United States. In California vs. Harada (1916-1918), the right of native-born citizens of the United States, albeit minors, to own land was upheld. Directly associated with Japanese-Americans, the case is important to all Americans of immigrant heritage. The internment of the Harada family during World War II illustrates another aspect of America's troubled dealings with her Japanese-American citizens. The house is still owned by a member of the family.

Deterioration, water damage, and insect infestation threaten the material integrity of the building. The foundation has seriously problems. There is no fire suppression system to protect the house and the Harada family collection and archives. Until the new roof and the fire suppression system are installed, and the foundation repaired and reinforced for seismic load, the Harada House and its contents are at risk from a variety of natural and made-made hazards.

There have been no indicated changes to the landmark since the last report (2004). Condition is still determined to be "threatened."

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