Goodie Goudeau and Jeanette McCree-Goudeau

Goodie Goudeau and Jeanette McCree-Goudeau were central figures in the arts here in Vallejo. They produced work, brought connections and inspiration. The community still benefits from their contributions. This very special couple facilitated events, taught cartooning classes to children and historically contributed nation-wide to “Positive Black Images” through Goodie’s greeting cards.

Rosa Estebanez, Sculptor

This video is about the prominent Cuban artist, Rosa Estebanez, and her historic bronze sculptures located at the entrance to Vallejo City Hall.

300 N. Block of Georgia

300 Block of Georgia, 1890’s – 1930’s, Classical, Beaux Arts, Early 20th Century Commercial

300 S. Block of Georgia

300 Block of Georgia, 1890’s – 1930’s, Classical, Beaux Arts, Early 20th Century Commercial

400 block of Georgia

400 Block of Georgia, 1890’s – 1930’s, Early 20th Century Commercial, Renaissance Revival.

Empress Theatre

Designated a Vallejo Landmark in 1990, the Empress Theatre was built in 1911 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and opened its doors for the first time in 1912. The Beaux Arts style building was two-tiered with gold-leafed clouds on the ceiling, red velvet seats, and a pipe organ. Since that time the building has gone through  several cycles of decline and renovation. The theatre’s interior layout dates from a 1930 Fox West Coast renovation after a ruinous fire, while the magnificent Skouras ceiling and scroll-work arrived during a 1952 renovation. The building was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and, requiring expensive seismic upgrades, remained vacant for nearly twenty years. In  2007 the theatre underwent a restoration consisting of a comprehensive seismic retrofit while preserving the Empress’ historic character and charm. The work included new seating, extensive facelifts of the lobby area and restrooms,  and upgrades to the theater’s stage, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. All original neon from the 1950’s was refurbished and reinstalled in its original location throughout the theatre.

Empress Theatre
330 Virginia Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

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Barbary Coast of Vallejo

Lower Georgia Street was Vallejo’s notorious red light district, teeming with bars, gambling dens, and other “amusements” for U.S. Navy sailors.