The Redman-Hirahira House in Watsonville was built by local architect,William Weeks in 1897 for James Redman, a sugar-beets farmer.
In the 1930's, a Japanese-American family, the Hirahira's, bought the house and the farmland surrounding it. During WWII, the Hirahira family vacated the house and lands when they were forcibly re-located to Manzanar detention camp.
As many as 10 percent of the population of Watsonville were bused to various internement camps during WWII. (for more information, see article here)
It has stood empty in the fields between Highway 1 and Highway 152 in Watsonville since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake made it uninhabitable.
This is my Photo Friday for the week of 7/14/06: "Remarkable"