Out & About – Historic walking tours of downtown Riverside

Out & About – Historic walking tours of downtown Riverside

From the eclectic Mission Inn and magnificent County Courthouse to the modern City Hall and mid-century public library, downtown Riverside is rich in architectural history and variety. Fortunately, many of these gems are within walking distance down a few adjoining streets. As such, we’ve created a few short circular, self-guided tours — Mission Inn Avenue, University Avenue and Main Street….

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3801 Market Street – Hotel Holyrood/Plaza

3801 Market Street – Hotel Holyrood/Plaza

One of downtown Riverside’s oldest buildings dating from the late 1800s will soon disappear as a plan for an arts school for Riverside Community College District moves forward. Located at the southwest corner of Market Street and University Avenue, the building in question was originally built as a sanitarium by Dr. Clark Whittier, a wealthy Canadian who bought what was…

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Committee finalizes expansion guidelines

Committee finalizes expansion guidelines

After several months of public meetings, the 22-member Library/Museum task force held its final session this past week, producing what it calls “guiding principles” for the planned expansions of downtown’s Central Library and Riverside Metropolitan Museum. The key recommendation calls for separate expansions of both facilities, with enough space for each to meet their needs. As part of the recommendation,…

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Task force favors separate library, museum expansions

Task force favors separate library, museum expansions

A City Council-appointed task force assigned with revising Riverside’s library-museum expansion plans issued its draft recommendation this week calling for separate expansions for both institutions. The recommendation, which would reverse the city’s earlier combined expansion proposal, comes after several recent public meetings on the issue. Most critics of the original $25 million proposal — part of the city’s Riverside Renaissance…

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Library-museum task force convenes

Library-museum task force convenes

This past week saw the first meeting of the city’s newly-formed “blue ribbon” task force for the combined downtown library-museum expansion project, which stalled in recent months following public comments questioning the viability of joint-use expansion. Members of the committee, comprised of seasoned Riverside civic leaders, have been given the task of formulating a plan, namely whether the project should…

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Out & About – 01/19/2008

Out & About – 01/19/2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008 – A bit of artistic flair filled the streets alongside the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside on Saturday as several artists showcased their skills during the third annual “Paint Out Week.” The week-long event was hosted by the Plein Air Artists of Riverside in affiliation with the Riverside Art Museum. The final day included a contest…

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‘Off The Wall’ at RAM

‘Off The Wall’ at RAM

Have you ever walked through an art museum and said to yourself, “Wow, I wish I could purchase that right off the wall.” Well, this week you can during the annual “Off The Wall” fundraiser at the Riverside Art Museum. Designed as both an exhibit and a fundraiser, the event showcases over 1,200 pieces from local artists in various mediums,…

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Out & About – 10/06/2007

Out & About – 10/06/2007

Saturday, October 6, 2007 – This past Saturday, if one ventured down to the weekly Farmers Market held on the pedestrian mall in downtown Riverside, they couldn’t help but hear the sounds from a multicultural festival just two blocks away. The 9th Annual “Multicultural Family Village Festival” took place in front of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, located on Mission Inn…

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Library should remain downtown

Library should remain downtown

There’s been some chatter recently of moving Riverside’s “Central Library” from its current downtown site on Mission Inn Avenue to a location east of the 91 Freeway. We feel this would be a big mistake. The notion began with a seemingly innocuous letter to the editor that appeared in the June 19th edition of The Press-Enterprise. Initially, the letter received…

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