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Catalog Number 2013.017.013
Description 1996 painting of Pete's Harbor Restaurant in Redwood City by Houla. Painting is drawn in black ink with accents in off-white paint on a tan-colored stained wooden board. Image depicts the restaurant with two palm trees and a cypress(?) out front, a boat on the roof, another boat toward the back on an awning and a sailboat behind. A seagull is flying above the right side of the painting. Bottom right, just below building near center of painting, is the artist's signature: "Houla - 96." Painting has a very narrow brown wooden frame. Painting was displayed in Pete's Harbor Restaurant.
Object Name Painting
Collection 3D - Art
Title 1996 Painting of Pete's Harbor Restaurant by Houla
Date 1996
Creator Houla
Role Artist
Inscription Text "Houla - 73" (handwritten beneath bottom right corner of building on front of painting)
Provenance Was on display at Pete's Harbor Restaurant.
Notes Pete Uccelli was a South San Francisco native and entrepreneur. In the early 1950s, he noticed an inadequate number of berths available to accommodate steadily increasing numbers of privately owned boats. Unable to find a suitable local harbor for his own boat, he saw an opportunity to provide a needed service to the local boating community.

Pete's Harbor encompassed 20 acres of land bordering Redwood Creek and Smith Slough in Redwood City. At its peak, it would be home to more than 250 boats, a restaurant and even a boat construction and repair yard. Pete's Harbor, as we remember it, closed in 2013.
Dimensions H-24.25 W-24.5 inches
Dimension Details includes frame
Medium Oil Paint
Search Terms Boats
Marine History
Maritime History
Maritime Industry
Pete's Harbor
Redwood City
Subjects Birds
People Houla