Bookshelf: Riverside’s Invisible Past

Bookshelf: Riverside’s Invisible Past

The latest book documenting Riverside’s history has just hit the bookshelves. Written by fourth-generation resident of Riverside Joan H. Hall, “Riverside’s Invisible Past” is the latest in several local history books by Joan, many of which are must-haves. The 192-page book is chock full of interesting and informative histories surrounding 52 structures and sites from Riverside’s past. Among the topics…

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3633 Market Street – De Anza Chevrolet

20103633 Market Street 20093633 Market Street Forthcoming parking garage While driving down Market Street last month, we stumbled upon a bit of local history. Standing alongside downtown’s Fox Performing Arts Center was an uncovered facade revealing what once was the former home of long-time Riverside car dealer De Anza Chevrolet (one | two). City permits indicate the building (and its…

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Inside the Fox Performing Arts Center

2010Main lobby 2010Balcony Flash: Fox: May 2007 – Jan. 2010 Crowds flocked to the new Fox Performing Arts Center in downtown Riverside this past weekend to catch an inside look at the newly-renovated facility following a 3-year, $32 million renovation. Friday night was the grand opening, fund-raising gala while Saturday and Sunday were open house days. Judging by the looks…

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Get into the Fox

After nearly 3 years of renovation — and several years of planning — downtown Riverside’s Fox Theater is ready to make its debut as the Fox Performing Arts Center. 2010Fox Performing Arts Center 1930sFox Riverside Located at the intersection of Mission Inn Avenue and Market Street, the 1,642-seat Fox Center is the crown jewel of Riverside’s 5-year, $1.6 billion “renaissance”…

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Second phase of pedestrian mall makeover begins

Work began recently on the final phase of the Main Street Pedestrian Mall renovation in downtown Riverside, continuing the first complete refurbishment of the outdoor mall since its 1966* opening. 2009Phase twoUniversity block 2009Phase twoMission Inn block The first phase, which wrapped up in the fall, revamped the two blocks (one | two) located between Tenth Street and University Avenue….

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Riding the rails at Hunter Hobby Park

Last Sunday, we had the chance to “ride the rails” at Hunter Hobby Park, one of Riverside’s most unique attractions. 2008Hunter Hobby Park 20087 1/2 gauge steam trains 2008Kids particularly enjoy the trains Located in northeast Riverside, the 40-acre park began life in the late 1950s as an adjunct “backyard” of sorts to local engineer — and steam train enthusiast…

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Historic designation given to Central Fire Station

Last month, California’s State Historical Resources Commission added Riverside’s downtown Central Fire Station to the state’s Register of Historic Resources. Currently entering its sixth decade of operation, the building has come under threat recently as the city prepares to build a new fire station on the block directly behind the current location. And though the historic designation cannot keep the…

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Library/museum expansion guidelines approved

Last Tuesday, the Riverside City Council approved in concept the recommendations for the future expansions of downtown’s Main Library and Riverside Metropolitan Museum as outlined by a community task force. The recommendations, which have also been endorsed by the governing boards of both institutions, call for the library to double in size to 120,000 square feet and the museum expansion…

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Then & Now – Downtown Post Office

Then & Now – Downtown Post Office

Over the past 96 years, downtown Riverside has seen 2 main post offices built, the first in 1912 and the second in 1939. First came the 1912 Federal Building/Post Office located on Seventh Street (Mission Inn Avenue). Sporting Italian-Renaissance architecture, the building served as the city’s main post office for nearly 30 years. Afterward, the building became the headquarters for…

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Fairmount Park making a comeback

Fairmount Park making a comeback

Arguably Riverside’s most interesting park, Fairmount Park is staging a comeback. After several years of neglect, the city recently completed various park improvements, including new gazebos, picnic tables and playgrounds as well as refurbishing of the boathouse, itself a 1995 replica of the original 1911 boathouse. One of the most expensive improvements was the dredging of both Lake Evans and…

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