City of Fullerton
Public Information Office

303 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317


Subject :

First Building in City of Fullerton Restored
Contact :Fullerton Parks and Recreation    (714) 738-6575
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton, CA – A one-room, wood-framed real estate office which was the first building in the new town site of Fullerton in 1887 has been restored after months of hard work. A ribbon-cutting festivity is scheduled at the Amerige Brothers Real Estate office at 340 W. Commonwealth Ave., on July 16, 2013 at 4:30pm.

The historic Amerige Brothers Real Estate Office, which was founded by brothers George and Edward Amerige was originally located at Commonwealth and Spadra (now Harbor), the building was eventually moved to, fittingly enough, Amerige Park, 340 W. Commonwealth Ave.   

The restoration project began in July 2012 when the City stabilized the building and set it on it's permanent foundation.  In March 2013, Fullerton Heritage, a local nonprofit preservation group volunteered to complete the restoration. Through their planning and coordination along with the efforts of volunteers and donations by local businesses and organizations, substantial improvements were made to the building.  

Visual improvements to the building include paint inside and out, a new sign based on the Amerige Brothers’ original design, new roof shingles, carpet, window shades and security screens.   

The project also included improvements to several structural elements, including additional rafters, sheathing, and ceiling joists.  "These improvements have stabilized the building and made it safe," said Ernie Kelsey, president of Fullerton Heritage. 

“Because the walls have no studs, the ties between the walls, ceiling and roof are critical.  Generations of termites had made those connections fragile and, in some places, non-existent.”

Fullerton Mayor, Bruce Whitaker, also added, “restoration of the Amerige Brothers Real Estate office would not have happened if not for the generosity of time and gifts from Fullerton Heritage, our local citizens, and businesses.”

Donors and volunteers who participated in the project were recognized at the June 30 annual meeting of Fullerton Heritage.  Honorees included 18 individual volunteers plus a Cadette Girl Scout Troop, 18 businesses that donated goods and services, and six businesses that contributed cash for the project.

Businesses and organizations who donated cash and materials to the effort included:  Behr Paint, Benchmark Custom Woodworks, Fisher Air, Fullerton Ace Hardware, Fullerton Electric, Fullerton South Rotary, Ganahl Lumber, Heroes Bar and Grill, Lakeman Chassis, Letter Perfect Signs, McGarvey Construction, and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.

Also participating in the project were:  Rite-Loom Flooring Company, Samsung Quietside Division, Service Roofing Company, Unlimited Remodeling, Window Restoration and Repair, Rotary Club of Fullerton, Berg & Associates, Chevron, Griffin Structures Inc., Lennar Multifamily Investors LLC, Standard Pacific Homes, and Scott Starkey of Laer Pearce and Associates.

For more information about the restoration project, please contact Fullerton Heritage at (714) 740-3051 or emailing For the ribbon cutting festivities, please contact the Fullerton Parks and Recreation at (714) 738-6575.