Posts Tagged ‘Riverside’
By 1900, Riverside had become one of the premiere winter resort communities in the nation. Engulfed in twenty thousand acres of Washington Navel orange groves, Riverside served as a center for agricultural innovation, bringing the revolution of corporate capitalism to the southwestern U.S. via the modern citrus enterprise.
Located in the broad, inland valley of the Santa Ana River in Southern California, Riverside numbered among the wealthiest communities per capita in the nation. The University of California Citrus Experiment Station (core of the present University of California, Riverside) brought a tradition of ground-breaking scientific research to the city. Riverside’s renowned Mission Inn hotel, and its inspirational role in the development of the Arts & Craft Style, attracted some of America’s foremost entrepreneurs in search of new recreational, aesthetic and business opportunities. Riverside became a magnet for prosperous, educated practitioners of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the West. in the nation.
Out of this context came the Cornelius Earle Rumsey Indian Collection which later became the Riverside Municipal Museum now known as the Riverside Metropolitan Museum (RMM). The Museum opened in the basement of City Hall on December 12, 1924, when the widow of National Biscuit Company (NABISCO) magnate Cornelius Earle Rumsey donated his collection of Native American artifacts to the City of Riverside. An ordinance, amending the City Charter and establishing a Municipal Museum, was adopted by the City Council on August 27, 1925. The current mission statement found in the city ordinance states that, “All collections and exhibits of the Museum shall generally reflect but shall not necessarily be limited to the specific interpretations of the history, natural history and anthropology of the City and County of Riverside and the immediate environs of southern California.” From 1924 on, the collections have grown, typically through donations by prominent citizens and organizations, contributing to RMM holdings in the disciplines of local history, natural history, and anthropology. From 1925-48, the RMM was located in the basement of the old City Hall building on Riverside’s Seventh Street (now Mission Inn Avenue).
In 1987, the main museum building and Heritage House were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2005, the Riverside Municipal Museum changed its name to Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
New Home of the Riverside Municipal Museum, 1948
In 1948, the Museum was moved to the basement of the former U. S. Post Office, adjacent to the old City Hall, a Renaissance Revival-style structure, built in 1912-14. The main exhibits, administration offices, anthropology, natural history curatorial offices, collections storage, and registrar’s office carried on their activities in this building. The history curatorial office/collections and exhibits services eventually moved to an annex, a converted Safeway Supermarket, located four blocks from the main building.
Summers in Riverside can be quite brutal!
This year, however, we have been quite lucky as far as the temperatures are concerned…………..so far!
Today’s “adventures in photography” take us back up Mt Rubidoux for a run/walk at sunset (Read: a walk for me and my friends, a run for my girlfriend who is training for a marathon).
The views from “the hill” never ceaze to amaze me!
Whether clear or overcast (okay, so it is really smog!), you can see for miles! And the mood and view lend itself to endless photo opportunities.
The lush greens of spring are long gone, as well as the sea of colors from the wildflowers. Still, there is a heartfelt beauty that only home can bring!
While running some morning errands, I noticed a “flock” of planes circling the Riverside Airport.
One of them happened to be this beautifully restored bi-plane.
I stopped by to take a look at what else might be part of the morning’s activities.
Filling the tarmac were old planes, stunt planes, you name it!
In talking with a few of the pilots, I learned that every Sunday a group of these weekend warriors get together for a little flight time. Each week a different stop along their regular southern California path.
The Riverside Downtown Partnership is doing its part to bring the community together with its annual Riverside Downtown Street Jam.
Featuring art, entertainment, autos, and events, this years Jam brought a large turnout.
Even with the cooler than normal July weather, the pedestrian walks new fountain features proved to be popular in cooling off the attending residents.
Though not specific to Riverside, the recent weather and photo shoots have drawn me more outside these days.
In Riverside we have many historic buildings that serve as reminders of the past, links to our history. What also makes Riverside what it is, is the natural beauty that surrounds the area.
Though most of the area these days has been developed, leaving little of the natural landscape, the remote barren fields and preserves give us a peek at what used to be.
Sycamore Park (near the top of Central Ave) has a great view of Riverside and the surrounding cities.
This is the same location that the fireworks photos from yesterday were taken.
With lush green grass, covered picnic areas, basketball courts, and playgrounds, it is a great place for some family time.
On a clear day you can almost see to LA!
Here is another photo from the same park:
Each year the streets, fields, parking lots, and even roof tops around Mt Rubidoux are lined with local residents and friends waiting to see the fireworks show.
This year was no exception.
Even as I drove down Brockton around 6pm, people were already marking there domain.
The one tradition that has in the past set Riverside apart: the Annual “Burning of the Mound”.
In the past, it was just as much of a tradition to watch the hill burn afterwards as were the fireworks.
How times have changed! 🙂
I had a chance to visit the new California Museum of Photography today. What a beautiful place!
This particular room is dedicated to “the masters”.
Works from Ansel Adam, and an amazing collection of camera history fill the place.
As part of the University of California, Riverside, the museum is more than just a showcase of photo history.
An ongoing array of classes, workshops, events, and a state of the are computer lab are available to both students and public.
UCR California Museum of Photography
3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501
Though I must admit that I have never eaten at the Tamale Factory, the architecture there is fantastic!
Owned and operated by Josie Hornback & Naomi Avila (a mother and daughter team), the place is a favorite among the local business people.
Designed and built by Avila’s husband, the building is meant to appear ageless and blend with surrounding businesses.
The Tamale Factory also features the spacious and elegant Avila Terrace. Set atop the Tamale Factory with open air terrace and formal dining room, Avila Terrace hosts private events plus an award winning Mystery Dinner Theater program on Friday and Saturday Nights!
The Tamale Factory is located in the pedestrian walk (Main St), across from the Mission Inn.