CONCORD -- Residents awaiting the opening of the Galindo House -- what would be the city's only permanent museum -- will have to wait some more.
The Concord Historical Society has put the opening on hiatus as it works to comply with site requirements from the city.
The historical society had planned to open May 6, throwing a party with public officials to announce the opening. But a letter from the city arrived May 4 with a list of requirements the society had not yet met.
The work included finalizing building permits; complying with 2010 building, plumbing, electrical, fire and other existing codes; complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act; submitting a floor plan so parking requirements could be calculated; and a site plan showing all on-site parking spaces, according to the letter.
Society members said they felt like the rug had been pulled from underneath them.
"For us, it seems they are not holding our hand at all," historical society member Carol Longshore said.
"We think they are being unduly strict in interpretations," said society president Lloyd Crenna. "But they are not applying any rules against us that they don't do anyone else. We are happy to comply and we are in the process of doing that."
Crenna now expects it could take several months before the museum opens.
The historical society has hired an architect to work on the master plan for the site, which includes moving the
Concord senior planner said the society had the option of seeking approval for the museum separate from the master plan.
The city has discussed turning the property into a museum since the death in December 1999 of Ruth Galindo, the last direct descendant of one of Concord's founding fathers. The home was built in 1854 by Francisco Galindo and Manuela Pacheco, the daughter of Don Salvio Pacheco (Ruth Galindo's great-great grandfather). It doubled in size in 1875.
It is the third-oldest building in the city and the oldest remaining wood frame Victorian farm house, according to Crenna. It is located at 1721 Amador St., which is the heart of downtown.
Society members have restored the inside of the home, scrubbing it clean and finding wallpaper and furniture to match the original look of the home.
"It is a beautiful transformation," said Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister. "If anybody had seen it before the work that they did it is amazing."
When it opens, the museum will operate from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday. Tours will be available.
"People will be amazed at the information," said Crenna. "I'm sure a lot of people didn't even know the building was there."
David DeBolt covers Concord and Clayton. Contact him at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.