Historic Petaluma farmhouse declared a landmark

A 1906 farmhouse, one of the last on Petaluma's suburban east side, was officially declared a local landmark Monday, affording the home built by Danish immigrants a place in the city's future.

The Hansen House, built by the families of Hans and Anna Marie Hansen shortly after they arrived in California, will be the centerpiece of a 34-unit rental housing subdivision on North McDowell Boulevard.

City Council members unanimously supported the designation for a home that was on the chopping block several times.

Councilwoman Teresa Barrett was on the historical preservation committee when a prior developer sought to move or demolish the two-story house.

"It's amazing what a different attitude this is than the developer that came in at that time – which was 'just get rid of the house,'" she said.

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