Timeline

1928

David D. Bohannon acquires Bell Haven land in Menlo Park, CA. Also subdivides land for homes and apartments in the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe areas.

1934

First housing construction on Bay Area Peninsula begins since 1929 stock market crash. Bohannon builds Menlo Park, Newbridge Park, and Bayshore Park.

 

1939-40

Acquired and began developing 848 acres at Hillsdale, San Mateo.

1940

Additional housing developments completed in Richmond, Napa, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Woodside, and Sunnyvale.

 
 

1941

Andrew Williams Grocery Store built at Hillsdale Boulevard and El Camino Real. Construction stopped mid-year due to war in Europe.

 

1944

San Lorenzo Village housing project launched as the largest privately financed housing project on the West Coast during WWII. It eventually totaled 4,500 homes. San Lorenzo Shopping Center became one of the country's first planned community shopping centers.

1946

Dolly Varden Lumber Company established.

 
 

1948

Sears selects Hillsdale for one of its earliest suburban stores and opens in 1954.

1952

Hillsdale Shopping Center master plan completed and Macy's signs lease. Land acquired and infrastructure installed for Bohannon Park (industrial) in Menlo Park.

 
 

1949-77

Multiple residential subdivisions developed in Santa Clara County, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and Hillsborough. Homes range from $11,995 to
$1 million depending on location.

1953

Johnson & Johnson becomes first tenant at 200-acre Bohannon Industrial Park.

 
 

1954

Hillsdale Shopping Center opens with Sears and the first suburban brand of Macy's San Francisco.

1960

Hillsdale Shopping Center is one of the two shopping centers recgonized in Redbook Magazine's First National Shopping Center Achievement Awards.

 
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1979

Tahoe Tyrol is established.

 

1980s

Bohannon Park includes 68 major research and development (R&D) and light industrial buildings. Bohannon Companies add Menlo Place, Scott Place, Bohannon Business Center, Jefferson Place, and 333 Middlefield Road office buildings to its portfolio.

1981

Vintage Club is established.

1982

Nordstrom added to Hillsdale Shopping Center and the center became an enclosed mall.

 
 

1986

David D. Bohannon inducted into the California Building Industry Hall of Fame.

1992

A year-long renovation begins on Hillsdale Shopping Center.

 
 

1998

Shopping Today publishes an article for Frances Bohannon Nelson.

1999

San Mateo County Times publishes article about the legacy of David Bohannon and France Bohannon Nelson's continued ownership of the business.

 
 

2000

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2010

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2015

Former San Mateo Mayor, Sue Lempert pays tribute to Mrs. Nelson.

2016

Groundbreaking for Menlo Gateway.