Monday, December 31, 2012

The Old Julian Garage Building - Julian, CA, USA

Originally the Julian Garage, The Old Julian Garage Building was built in 1917.  It is presently the home of Julian Collectibles & Gifts.

Located in the historic downtown area at 2126 Main Street.

Sleeping Indian Landscape - Fallbrook, CA, USA

Sleeping Indian Landscape, a mural painted by artist Brett Stokes, is part of Fallbrook Art in Public Places.  It depicts the local geographic feature - the hills in the background - known as "The Sleeping Indian" as the area once looked.  The mural was gifted to the community by the Sutliff Family. 

Located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Hawthorne Street and Main Avenue, facing Hawthorne Street.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Get Your Smokey On - Lake Henshaw, CA, USA

Smokey Bear Fire Danger Today! sign.  Prevent Forest Fires.
Located in front of the Henshaw USFS Fire Station, 26147 CA-76, (Lake Henshaw) Santa Ysabel.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mayors' House - Escondido, CA, USA

Located on a hilltop south of downtown Escondido, this house was built circa 1900 (some reports say as early as 1879).  Because it has been home to several of Escondido's city mayors through the years it is referred to as The Mayors' House.

Located at 828 South Broadway in the Old Escondido Historic District.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holroyd Confectionary - Oceanside, CA, USA

Built circa 1922 this house was the residence of John H. and Grace S. (Maberry) Holroyd.  They lived here during the mid-to-late 1920s and Mrs. Holroyd operated a confectionary and later a lunch room at the home.  John H. Holroyd had a background working in refrigeration and was a Chief Engineer with the Union Ice Company.  Prior to their marriage, Grace had been a public school teacher in her home state of Illinois.  They married in the early 1920s and in early 1924 Grace was operating a confectionary at their home in Pacific Beach, California.  They moved to this location in Oceanside where, according to County Directories, Grace was operating a confectionary in 1927 and a lunch room in 1929.

Located at 123 South Horne Street, on the northwest corner of Topeka Street and Horne Street, across the street from Oceanside High School.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tree For Elijah - Carlsbad, CA, USA

This approximately 10 ft tall steel sculpture by the late artist, Italo Scanga, is part of Carlsbad's Art in Public Places Program.  Originally called Tree With Bird, it is one of a series of sculptures called Trees For Elijah dedicated to the biblical character, Elijah.  It is constructed of flat panels of steel mesh/grid, painted green, and features a bluebird bringing a piece of bread at the top.  Sculpted in 1998, it was gifted to the Carlsbad Arts Commission in May 2009.

Located in front of the Cultural Arts Office at 2955 Elmwood Avenue.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Seascape Mural - Oceanside, CA, USA

This seascape mural is located on the north exterior wall of the former Vaughan's Market.  Vaughan's Market was a family-owned market that was in business at this location for over 50 years.

The mural is signed "Painted By Skull 08' 09'."

Located at 308 South Coast Highway (formerly South Hill Street), on the southeast corner of South Coast Highway and Michigan Avenue.  The mural faces Michigan Avenue.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Champion Building - Temecula, CA, USA

This Mission Revival style building was built in 1928 by Allen Champion.  It is constructed of clay bricks from the area of Alberhill, near Elsinore.  The building has housed a variety of businesses and was the home of The Rite Spot Cafe for many years.  From 1974 until 1980 it was the location of the Temecula Post Office.  The building underwent remodeling in 1980.

"The Champion Building
Built in 1928 By Allen Champion

Businesses located here, at various times, included a barber shop, Daley's Variety Store, restaurants including 'The Rite Spot Cafe,' a bank, and for many years, The Temecula Post Office.  Building since remodeled.

Temecula Valley Historical Society
Plaque 11
Installed 2004"

Located in Old Town Temecula at 28636 Front Street.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fire Station #3 - Oceanside, CA, USA

Oceanside Fire Station #3 opened in 1962.  At that time its location was the eastern edge of the City, at the end of Short Street (now Oceanside Boulevard).  It now serves as the City's main station.

Located at 3101 Oceanside Boulevard on the southeast corner of the intersection of Oceanside Boulevard and South El Camino Real.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Utility Box Art - Oceanside, CA, USA

In 2008 the Oceanside Arts Commission facilitated the painting of 20 gray utility boxes located at the Oceanside Harbor by volunteer artists.   The project took two years to complete.  The artwork on this utility box depicts sea creatures.

Located on Harbor Drive North just south of Joe's Crab Shack and directly across from the railroad underpass.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Commercial Hotel - Escondido, CA, USA

Built in 1909 this brick building originally housed The Commercial Hotel in downtown Escondido.  The hotel rooms were located on the second floor.  Occupying most of the ground floor were the hotel lobby and dining room.  The left front portion of the ground floor was occupied by Cassous' Pioneer Meat Market.  The building is currently the site of the Bellisima Day Spa.

Located at 122 East Grand Avenue.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bike Trail Markers - Oceanside, CA, USA

This 2004 sculpture by artist Alber De Matteis marks the Coastal Rail Trail in Oceanside.  The glass mosaic and ferro cement sculpture is 6-1/2 feet tall, 9 feet wide and 1-1/2 feet deep.

Located on the west side of Broadway Street at the intersection of Vista Way.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fire Station #2 - Oceanside, CA, USA

Oceanside Fire Station #2 opened in 1953, serving the South Oceanside neighborhood.

Located at the intersection of Cassidy Street and Ditmar Street, on the northeast corner.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Courage - Encinitas, CA, USA

Courage, a sculpture by artist Ilona Passino, was on display in San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens) from September 12, 2009 through March 1, 2010.  It was constructed from concrete with a ceramic and stained-glass mosaic.  The 4 ft 5" by 8 ft by 3 ft 6" sculpture of a lion was part of the second annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit, a collaboration between San Diego Botanic Garden and the San Diego Fine Art Society.
This piece was a personal favorite of mine.
San Diego Botanic Garden is located at 230 Quail Gardens Drive.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Peace Pole - Escondido, CA, USA

This four-sided Peace Pole is inscribed with the phrase "May Peace Prevail On Earth" in English and seven other languages.  There are two languages displayed on each side.  Additionally there is a small metal plaque in Braille.  It is located at the front of the First United Methodist Church along Fourth Avenue.

Located at 341 South Kalmia Street at the intersection of Fourth Avenue.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Henry and Julia Cary Residence - Oceanside, CA, USA

This Craftsman style bungalow was built circa 1924.  It was briefly occupied by Henry W. Cary, his wife Julia F. and their son Oscar M.  According to the 1926 San Diego County Directory and the 1926 and 1928 San Diego County Voter Registrations they were all residents of this house.  Henry Cary had been a farmer, but by 1928 he was listed as retired.  Oscar was a mechanic at Merrill's Garage in Oceanside.  Living in the house next door at 412 North Ditmar was George A. Cary and his wife Millie M.  George's occupation was as a carpenter and by 1928 he is also listed as retired.  It is likely that George was related to Henry, possibly a brother, and was involved in the construction of this house.  By 1930 Carys are no longer at this address, although George and Millie are still living next door.  Oscar is living elsewhere in town, and the house is being rented by the Figgins family.

Located at 416 North Ditmar Street.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Yeibechai - Fallbrook, CA, USA

A part of Fallbrook Art in Public Places, Yeibechai is a 96" tall cast bronze sculpture by artist Peter Mitten.  This piece is on loan to the collection.

Located on the northeast corner of East Alvarado Street and Vine Street.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Circuit City - Vista, CA, USA

Circuit City was an electronics retailer with a chain of hundreds of superstores across the United States.  They began closing "under performing" stores in late 2008.  On November 10, 2008 they filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection and actively sought a buyer for the company.  Failing to find a buyer they closed all remaining stores in the first quarter of 2009.
This was the Vista, California superstore in August 2006. 

The building remained empty for several years and the property is presently occupied by a car dealership, Mossy BMW of Vista.

Located at 1715 Hacienda Drive.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ranger's Residence, Palomar Mountain State Park - Palomar Mountain, CA, USA

Originally called the Warden's Residence, as the supervising Park Ranger was known then, this wood and stone cabin was constructed circa 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  It was one of many construction projects performed on Palomar Mountain by the CCC.  The two-bedroom cabin was without electricity for about the first year-and-a-half, although it did have the luxury of a flush toilet.  The only heat was from the fireplace and it was necessary for the Warden to saw his own firewood.

In October of 2007 the Poomacha Fire raced up the western slope of Palomar Mountain and into the State Park.  The Warden's Garage, another wood and stone structure built by the CCC which was adjacent to the cabin, was destroyed.  The wood portion was completely burned, leaving only the stonework standing.  There are plans to reconstruct the garage at some point in the future.  Firefighters were able to save the Ranger's Residence by spraying fire-retardant gel on the structure.

Located just below the Silvercrest Picnic Area

Friday, October 19, 2012

Woman's Club Clubhouse - Escondido, CA, USA

The Escondido Woman's Club was organized in the early 1900s.  This was their first permanent clubhouse, completed in March of 1918.

The Escondido Woman's Club is still in existance.  Their present clubhouse is located at 751 North Rose Street.

The original clubhouse is located at 240 South Broadway (formerly Lime Street).

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bill of Rights Obelisk - Escondido, CA, USA

This 10-foot-tall obelisk is made of black granite quarried southwest of Escondido.  It is engraved on all four sides with Amendments I through X to the Constitution of the United States, commonly known as the Bill of Rights.

"Presented By Escondido Rotary Club To The City Of Escondido July 4, 1976"

Located in Grape Day Park at 321 North Broadway, along Broadway.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Arabella Fox Residence - Oceanside, CA, USA

This Craftsman Bungalow, built in 1929, was the home of Arabella W. (Kirby) Fox.  Born in Michigan in 1856 Arabella was the widow of Civil War veteran Charles James Fox who had served with the 4th Michigan Infantry.  He passed away in 1924.  Arabella was a member of the D.A.R., a descendant of John Gipson/Gibson.  She lived in this house with her daughter Lillian Cassan, her husband John Cassan and their three children.  Arabella Fox died in 1951.

Located at 512 South Freeman Street in the Seaside neighborhood.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lincoln Middle School - Oceanside, CA, USA

Built in the early 1960s this school is part of the Oceanside Union School District.   Originally called Lincoln Junior High it served grades 7 and 8.  It opened for students for the 1963-1964 school year, but construction continued through the 1965-1966 session.  Since becoming Lincoln Middle School it serves grades 6 through 8.  The campus was temporarily closed for renovations after the 2008 school year, re-opening in September 2010.

The following photos were taken during renovations in August 2009.

Located at 2000 California Street, across the street from Palmquist Elementary School.