The area that we know today as East Sacramento was established in the mid-1800s as Sutter Township and was home to some of the region’s most productive farms, dairies, orchards and nurseries. The first planned residential development began around 1910, growing significantly over the next two decades with the extension of trolley lines and the post-war boom in automobile ownership.
Sutter Memorial Hospital (known as Sutter Maternity at the time) was built in 1937 on what would become 51st and F Streets. Although the area is now densely populated with homes and businesses, the hospital previously sat on the outskirts of town, until the community, over many years, gradually grew and settled around it.
The histories of East Sacramento, Sutter, and Teichert are intertwined, and in many ways, interdependent. If you walk through the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital, you’ll still see “A. Teichert & Son” stamped into the concrete sidewalks.
East Sacramento has seen tremendous change since its origins as Sutter Township. The farms and orchards of the past are gone, but the streets are still lined with some of the oldest, most magnificent trees in the city.
What also remains is a strong, vibrant sense of community. Residents greet each other on the sidewalks and in parks, neighborhood gatherings are common, and multiple generations often live on a single block.
Historian Paula Peper observes in her report, Sutter Township: Connections Through Time, the communal nature of East Sacramento:
“East Sacramento was and is a community in the best sense of the word—people sharing a common historical heritage through the evolution of their lands, their neighborhoods. It is a nest, a safe, healthy place to grow up, to raise families, to grow old. Change has been no easier here than it is anywhere, but what has evolved here is integrity of place.”
The new Sutter Park Neighborhood honors that integrity of place, preserves it, and—through contextual architecture, diverse, multigenerational housing, and parks and open spaces that invite interaction—adds to it.