When completed, the two-story, 10,000 sq. ft. building will be home to the Angel Island State Park Pacific Coast Immigration Center. When originally opened, the hospital had two doors, one for Europeans, one for non-Europeans. This powerful reminder of past prejudices and policies makes the Center the ideal place to explore issues of history, race, culture, and immigration policy, invigorating our current thinking on immigration and celebrating the crucial role West Coast immigrants play in America.
The Center will tell the stories--the stories of the struggles and successes faced today and in the past, and of the powerful legacy of America’s immigrants--bringing voice to the West Coast immigration experience. Performance, cultural and community-building events, and symposia -- in addition to the exhibits -- will raise the profile of the West Coast immigration experience and ensure that it becomes a part of our nation’s immigration history narrative.
With the new Pacific Coast Immigration Center, the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation will be able to better serve as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom.
Phase One of the restoration was completed in 2012. AIISF secured a $3 million grant to stabilize the building and replace the leaky roof that brought water damage to the interior walls and floors. Funding for this project was provided in part by the California Cultural and Historical Endowment.
In Phase Two restoration of the interior rooms will be completed and the exhibits designed, fabricated and installed. Construction began in November 2013 and is scheduled to end by 2017. $11 million has been committed by state and federal agencies and AIISF is now raising the remaining $3 million to complete the project.
Celebrate our Heroic Legacy
The history of America is the history of immigrants. Yet the stories of West Coast immigration are often overlooked. The Center will celebrate the voices and stories of theos immigrants. It will truly be the national symbol of the Pacific Coast immigration experience.