Archive for the ‘Mission Inn’ Category

Day139 Presidential Treatment

Presidential Suite

Presidential Suite, Mission Inn

Not many people are lucky enough to afford the opportunity to stay at the Mission Inn.

That said, I thought I would give you a glimpse inside one of the Presidential Suites.

A favorite amongst dignitaries, celebrities, and newlyweds, the Presidential Suites provides everything that anyone could ever want in resort accommodations.

Day123 Tamale Factory

Tamale Factory

Tamale Factory

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.

Day116 Weber House (Circa. 1932-1938)

Riverside Historical Society

Riverside Historical Society

Peter J. Weber was chief designer for the architectural firm of G. Stanley Wilson. Ma. Weber applied his talents to the International rotunda at the Mission Inn, Redlands Post Office, and many other Wilson projects.

After a visit to North Africa, Weber began building his own house. Influenced by his travels, the Weber house is a unique blend of Moorish, Craftsman, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles.

Notable not only for its unique design, the Weber house features extraordinary handcrafted design details. Extensive interior woodwork is hand-carved and/or decoratively painted. Most ceilings are of pine planks, some carved and painted. All hinges are of wrought-iron and all doors and cabinets have decorative nail heads.

Ma. Weber installed a still operating solar water heater in 1935 with collector panels made of automobile windshields. All of the exterior brick was used and the broken tile which makes up the incredible bathroom mosaic was also recycled. Exterior woodwork was oiled and stained with used crankcase oil. Basement areas help to keep the house cool in the summer.

An early tower which would have unified the bedroom and bathroom with the living room, kitchen, and garage was designed but never built.

The nine acres of orange groves which originally surrounded the Weber house are now home to two modern hotels. Owners of the (then) Days Inn Hotel began a restoration of the house which is now being completed by the Old Riverside Foundation.

The Weber house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized locally as City Landmark #52.

(Courtesy Old Riverside Foundation)

Day108 Riverside Medical Clinic

Riverside Medical Clinic

Riverside Medical Clinic

For those of you following this blog, you know that this place has become my new “home away from home”.

Not because I am injury prone, or for health issues, but because of their hosting the Riverside 365 Gallery.

Yesterday, with lighting up and canvas finally hung (though more to come), I finally had the chance to stand back and take a look.

It was nice to watch people stopping to look, discuss the images, and try to figure out where each image was taken.

In the short time that I was there, a few people (7 or 8) stopped in to visit and chat with me.

What a great experience.

Any part of Riverside that you would like to see in the gallery?

This image was taken as I was walking out, at closing time.   I love this building!

Day93 My Porch



Okay, so maybe this isn’t really by front porch, but I do spend a lot of time here.

Today though, it wasn’t for business.
I just received a new wide angle lens, primarily to capture this shot.

Though this one is only a “test” picture, I am quite happy with how it came out!

The “real” image that I have is taken later in the evening when all the lights are on……..and taken with a tripod so that I can get better detail and color.

None the less, this is YOUR image for the day!

Mission Inn Rotunda
Riverside, CA

Day54 Mission Mosaic

Mission Mosaic

Mission Mosaic

Timing is everything (okay, maybe location too)!

Surprise! Didn’t expect to see me back at the Mission Inn, did you?

This time I was actually going to the Crescent Jewell to get some lunch.

My friend, eagerly waiting for me, was mocking my effort to take some pictures of the sky and clouds. And then………..

Just as the sun was peeking out from behind the clouds {click}.

He decided to take back his comments after seeing the picture.

Day45 Rotunda



The Mission Inn Rotunda: Undeniably my favorite place in the Mission Inn.

Years back, peace talks would take place at the Mission Inn. In celebration and in recognition of, each lantern would be flanked with the flags of the represented countries.

I will have to see if I can organize  something like that again (or at least the flag part!)

Day44 Carmel Dome

Carmel Dome

Carmel Dome

The Carmel Dome is the crowning glory of the Cloister Wing.  It is a replica of the Mission in Carmel on the northern California coast.  The dome used to house a telescope so that guests could gaze at the heavens through the round portholes near the top of the dome. (source:

Day43 Alice’s Room

Mary's Room

Alices’s Room

The Mission Inn is full of stories.

Alice Miller’s old room is no exception.

Alice Miller’s Old Room: Located on the 4th floor in the southeast corner of the hotel, the room of Alice Miller (the old manager) can be found. It is believed that this room, which offers two levels, possesses high paranormal activity, including the sighting of apparitions, cold spots, physical sensations, and a strong presence believed to be Alice herself.

Day42 Secret Passage

Secret Passage

Secret Passage

Sundays are a day that I reserve for just me
(okay….and a photo for you!)

Tomorrow I am starting a series of shoots for one of the city organizations so I thought I would go out, take some shots for myself (oh yea, and you) while scoping out idea for the week.

By this time they are used to seeing me at the Mission Inn.  Couple that with my awareness of the “proper” photo check-in procedures and now I am no longer greeted by security.

This is the first time that I have actually taken architecture pictures after sunset within the Mission Inn.  What a differnce!