#196 Civic Arts Theatre ("Nuthouse")

1601 Civic Dr. -- 1965

In 1965, the City re-purposed an old walnut warehouse as the Civic Arts Theatre & Gallery – affectionately nicknamed “The Nuthouse.”  Some 25 years later and through extensive private fundraising, “The Nuthouse” was replaced with the Lesher Center for the Arts, a regional performing and visual arts center. The Center is named for Dean and Margaret Lesher; Dean Lesher was the founder of the Contra Costa Times and a significant supporter of arts and education.