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.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Totem Bird - Fallbrook, CA, USA

A part of Fallbrook Art in Public Places, Totem Bird is a 2002 bronze sculpture based on a design by Kort Heyneman.  The original design was the winning entry in a 2001 children's art contest by, then 8-year-old, Kort, the grandson of Jackie Heyneman.  It is fittingly placed alongside Jackie Heyneman Park which was renamed in her honor in May 2012.

Located on the east side of South Mission Road between Beech Street and Ash Street.