Public Input Sought On Development Of Block 14 At Manzanar National Historic Site

To download a printable copy of Manzanar National Historic Site’s
Block 14 Draft Master Plan, click on the image above
(requires Adobe Reader to view/print).

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.

MANZANAR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, NEAR INDEPENDENCE, CA — Seventy years after the Federal government constructed Manzanar War Relocation Center, it is working to help visitors understand what life was like for 11,070 Japanese Americans confined at the site between 1942 and 1945. A key step in that process is refining plans for a “demonstration block” at Block 14 to illustrate daily life in camp.

The National Park Service invites the public to review and comment on proposed approaches to interpretive exhibits.

“We are eager to involve the public in the important process of deciding how best to tell the stories of Manzanar,” said Les Inafuku, Superintendent, Manzanar National Historic Site.

In fiscal years 2009-10, Congress approved funding, proposed by California Senator Diane Feinstein, for reconstructing two barracks buildings. Barracks 1 appears as it would have when Japanese Americans first arrived at Manzanar in 1942, while Barracks 8 represents life in 1945.

In 2011, exhibits were installed in a restored World War II-era mess hall. Future plans include reconstructing one or more additional buildings in the block such as latrines, a laundry room or an ironing room.

The Office of Krister Olmon, teamed with the historic preservation architecture firm Drisko Studio, is tasked with creating a master interpretive plan for Block 14, a conceptual design for a variety of exterior interpretive exhibits, and interior exhibit plans for Barracks 1 and 8.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Krister Olmon and his team again,” said Inafuku. “Working with former internees, NPS staff, and others, they superbly designed the Manzanar Interpretive Center exhibits and later, the mess hall exhibits.”

The team has designed several alternatives for both visitor flow and the overall interpretive experience on Block 14 as well as options for interior exhibits for Barracks 1 and Barracks 8.

The public is invited to review and comment on proposed approaches outlined in the Block 14 Draft Master Plan (click on the image above to download a copy). Please send your comments via e-mail (click here).

The deadline for submitting comments is February 29, 2012.

After soliciting public review and comment, the design team will work with NPS staff to refine plans into a final project.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, California. For more information, visit our web site at, or call (760) 878-2194.


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