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People come and go during an open house at the historic Galindo House in Concord, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. The home was built in 1856. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff Archives)

CONCORD -- Finished product or not, the Concord Historical Society plans to open the city's only permanent museum this weekend.

After months of delay, the historical society is set to open the Galindo House on Sunday, but city officials on Tuesday said the society had not completed all the site requirements.

Historical society President Lloyd Crenna called the work minor and said it could be completed in time for Sunday's opening at noon. If not, Crenna said they still plan to open unless the city "comes down there with a court order."

"There's not a whole lot more we can do," Crenna said. "They are making us dot every 'I' and cross every "T.' I assume they do that for everybody, I don't know. In our circumstance, sometimes it gets very frustrating."

On Tuesday, Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister said the city had no record of a final inspection of the building nor had the historical society obtained Planning Commission approval of a use permit.

"Best we can tell they have not done that step yet," Hoffmeister said.

A delay would be the historical society's second since May. The group threw a party in advance of a planned opening in May, but the city wrote them two days before the opening to say the society had not finalized building permits, placing the opening on hiatus.

Crenna said the society spent $20,000 to comply with building codes and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and provide parking.


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The project has been more than a decade in the making and would honor the dying wish of Ruth Galindo, who died in December 1999. In her will, Galindo turned her family's home over to the city of Concord, but restricted the city from moving the house or using it as anything other than a museum.

The city discussed a museum plan in 2002, but it never materialized, and the Concord Historical Society eventually took on the project.

The home, located at 1721 Amador St. in downtown, was built in 1854, doubled in size in 1875, and remains the oldest wood-frame Victorian farmhouse in the city. It is the third-oldest building in the city and was originally occupied by Francisco Galindo and Manuela Pacheco, the daughter of Don Salvio Pacheco, one of Concord's founding fathers.

With the restoration of the home, Crenna said visitors will feel as if they have walked into the late-19th century. The museum is part of a larger project that will bring the Masonic Temple to the Galindo property as well as 20,000 pieces of local artifacts that are now in storage.

The museum will open from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays.

David DeBolt covers Concord and Clayton. Contact him at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.

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