The Point Richmond Historic District is the downtown area of Point Richmond in Richmond, California and is on the National Register of Historic Place.
The historic district developed when in late 1890s when the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway occupied 57 acres (230,000 m2) of land in the area that is now the neighborhood downtown of Point Richmond. The acres were bought by the Santa Fe Railroad upon completion and at the same time the Pacific Coast Oil Company (later Standard Oil, today Chevron) acquired adjacent lands and built an oil refinery. The completion of these projects attracted the first residents to this area.
Point Richmond served as the downtown district of Richmond until the city expanded along the central flatlands of western Contra Costa County during the beginning of the 20th Century. This city's expansion led to a larger downtown to the northeast which was exacerbated by tens of thousands of World War II shipbuilding workers. Point Richmond was the terminal of the East Shore & Suburban Railway's Refinery-County Line route; that rail system was a predecessor of the Key System
Today maps are provided by the city of Richmond's Convention and Visitors Bureau for individuals to take walking tours of the historic zone. The historic area is now only a small portion of the larger neighborhood but still serves as the center for neighborhood businesses and civic affairs. There was much controversy regarding the inclusion of a Starbuck's café in 2004 as the area had up until that point not had any chain stores, although many residents opposed the coffee shop it opened in that same year and the residents have calmed regarding the subject.
The Historic District is accessible from Interstate 580, Richmond Parkway, Macdonald Avenue, Cutting Boulevard. AC Transit bus route 72M MacDonald connects with the Richmond BART and Amtrak Station. Golden Gate Transit routes 40 and 42 connect with the station and Marin County; the former serves del Norte Station.
See also 
- 4th Street, Berkeley
- Abella Center, San Pablo
- Bayfair Center, San Leandro
- Bay Street Emeryville
- Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
- El Cerrito Plaza
- Grand Lake, Oakland
- Hilltop Mall, Richmond
- Jack London Square, Oakland
- Macdonald 80 Shopping Center, Richmond
- Montclair Village, Oakland
- NewPark Mall, Newark
- Oakland City Center
- Pacific Commons, Fremont
- Pacific East Mall, Richmond
- Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
- Point Richmond Historic District
- Rockridge Market Hall, Oakland
- Skywest Commons, Hayward
- Solano Avenue, Albany and Berkeley
- Somersville Towne Center, Antioch
- Southland Mall, Hayward
- Stoneridge Shopping Center, Pleasanton
- Sunvalley Mall, Concord
- Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
- Union Landing, Union City
- Uptown Oakland
- Westgate Center, San Leandro
- The Willows Shopping Center, Concord
- Chinatown, San Francisco
- San Francisco Ferry Building
- Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
- Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco
- Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo
- Metreon, San Francisco
- Westfield San Francisco Centre
- Serramonte Center, Daly City
- The Shops at Tanforan, San Bruno
- Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco
- Union Square, San Francisco
- Westlake Shopping Center, Daly City
|San Jose/South Bay
- Eastridge Center, San Jose
- Great Mall of the Bay Area, Milpitas
- Downtown Los Gatos
- Milpitas Square
- PruneYard Shopping Center, Campbell
- San Antonio Shopping Center, Mountain View
- Santana Row, San Jose
- Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto
- Vallco Shopping Mall, Cupertino
- Westfield Oakridge, San Jose
- Westfield Valley Fair, San Jose
- Westgate Mall, San Jose
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