Landmarks Of Riverside

The landmarks depicted on this page represent a small sampling of the more than 10,000 records in the City's Historic Districts & Buildings website where you can take a virtual tour of many locations and experience Riverside's treasure of architecture and history.  Whenever possible, the links on this page will take you to the Historic Districts and Buildings website. Another resource is the PDF document Landmarks of the City of Riverside which is published by the Riverside Cultural Heritage Board.

Fox Theater
Fox Theater
3801 Mission Inn Avenue at Market
Opened in 1929, the Spanish Colonial Revival style theater served the community as a combination cinema/vaudeville house and attracted well-known performers including Bing Crosby and Judy Garland. Also popular as a location for motion picture previews, the theater was the site of the first public screening of "Gone with the Wind" in 1939.
Heritage House
Heritage House
8193 Magnolia Avenue
This restored two-story Victorian home, completed in 1892, is in the Queen Anne style. Highlights include the staircase, gas lamps, and turn-of-the-century decor. Riverside City Landmark #5. Call for tour hours. Free admission, donation suggested. (951) 689-1333
Mission Inn
Mission Inn:
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Public tours of the Mission Inn are provided by the trained docents of the Mission Inn Foundation. Tour times and routes are subject to availability. For reservations, call the Mission Inn Foundation (951-781-8241) or the Mission Inn Museum (951-788-9556).
Riverside County Courthouse
Riverside County Courthouse
3050 Main Street
Constructed in 1904, the county's first courthouse was designed by Franklin P. Burnam in beaux artes classical style to duplicate the facade of the 1900 Paris Exposition's Grand Palace of Fine Arts.
Universalist Unitartian Church
Universalist-Unitarian Church
3525 Mission Inn Avenue
Built in 1891, the Arizona sandstone structure was designed by architect A.C. Willard in medieval English parish church style, a form of Gothic Revival. Sunday morning services are enhanced by the picturesque restored interior lit by detailed stained glass windows.
Victoria Avenue
Victoria Avenue
One of California's great historic avenues, lined with palms, eucalyptus and oldfashioned rose bushes. This landscape pattern dates from 1892 and has been a local showplace ever since. Bicycle paths run alongside this distinctive 7 mile divided avenue bordered by orange groves.
First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church
3504 Mission Inn Avenue
Completed in 1913 as the third home of the city's first church congregation, the building was designed by architect Myron Hunt in Spanish Renaissance Revival style with Churrigueresque tower and details. The carillon was installed in the bell tower in 1989.
Municipal Auditorium
Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Avenue
The main auditorium of this beautiful 1920s Moorish-Mission revival style building seats 1776 people.  The building itself includes a magnificent sunken garden and a cloistered walk.
Benedict Castle
Benedict Castle
5445 Chicago Avenue
This Spanish-style castle was designed by H.L.A. Jekel in the Spanish-Moorish style and built in two stages, 1922-1931. It is now headquarters for the Teen Challenge Program. For further information, call (951) 683-4241
Parent Navel Orange Tree President Roosevelt
Parent Navel Orange Tree
The Corner of Magnolia and Arlington
One of the two original trees from which California's Washington navel orange industry descended and now planted at the corner of Magnolia and Arlington. Propagated from the trees imported from Bahia, Brazil in 1870 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, two specimens were sent to Luther and Eliza Tibbets for experimental planting in 1873. One was later replanted at the Mission Inn grand opening in 1903 by President Roosevelt.
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