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.