Constructed in 1913, the Doctor George A. Shank house now serves as a station for the Huntington Beach Police. It was the home of one of the first medical doctors for the Huntington Beach Township. Shank served as the City's first health officer in the 1910s and as a member of the Huntington Beach Township Board of Trustees in 1926, the predecessor to the city council. The Huntington Beach police acquired the Shank house for a one of their stations in 1991.
Constructed in 1913, the Doctor George A. Shank house
originally had an ocean view. It was moved from its original location
at Pacific Coast Highway and 10th Street to its present location at 5th Street and Walnut Avenue in 1927 during oil boom years, when a number of houses were moved out of the City's growing oil fields.Doctor Shank, one of the Huntington Beach Township's first medical doctors, served as the City's first health officer in the 1910s and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the City (predecessor to the city council) in 1926. As a country doctor, Shank treated everything from gunshot wounds after a fight over a woman
at the local cannery, to an accident at the Holly Sugar factory where a worker
dropped a pipe on his foot, to the 1909 case of a seven-year-old
boy finally coughing up a tack he had swallowed a year earlier (Shank kept the tack in his office). Shank helped institute some of the Huntington Beach Township's first public health regulations, including the inspection of local dairies and the testing of milk.