Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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 Pelicans and Gulls, local seabirds.

Located at the Oceanside Harbor on Harbor Drive North, in the parking lot next to Yearley Sailboats.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Alexander Stewart House - Escondido, CA, USA

This Eastlake Victorian style home was built in 1890 by Alexander Stewart, an Escondido blacksmith who went on to become the director of the Escondido National Savings Bank and later the chairman of the City Board.  The building materials were shipped in pieces from New England and around Cape Horn.  Mr. Stewart lived in the house until his death there in 1940.

The photo below shows the home as it appeared in July 2012.

The house was reported to still be in near perfect and unaltered condition in 1992 when it was recommended it be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (the owner declined), but in April 2007 a court-ordered inspection found 24 code violations, both inside and out.  A large open hole had been cut in the attic facade for "ventilation," neighbors reported pieces falling from the house and it was in danger of being demolished.  Considerable improvements appear to have been made since that time.  This is the only home of this style in Escondido.

The photos below were taken in October 2007.

Located at 439 East 5th Avenue in the Old Escondido Historic District.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

O'side Cafe - Oceanside, CA, USA

This Spanish Revival style building, originally a residence, has most recently been the location of the O'side Cafe.  In recent years it has housed a variety of businesses including a Psychic, a handmade paper shop, and several different restaurants.  As the O'side Cafe the exterior was colorfully painted to resemble a sunrise or sunset.
As of this date the mural is gone.  The exterior of the building has been painted a shade of brown and a banner advertises the Grand Opening of a coffee shop.

Located at 624 South Coast Highway.

Monday, January 14, 2013

She Dreams Her World - Encinitas, CA, USA

She Dreams Her World, a sculpture by artist Fred Briscoe, was on display in San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens) from September 12, 2009 through March 1, 2010.  The 5 ft marble sculpture 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.

San Diego Botanic Garden is located at 230 Quail Gardens Drive.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rorick Houses - Oceanside, CA, USA

These two neighboring Craftsman style homes were designed by David Rorick, Sr., a former Oceanside City Attorney, in 1906 and 1913.  David Rorick, Sr. and his family lived in the house on the right while his father lived in the house on the left.  They are still owned and occupied by members of the Rorick family today.

Located at 108 and 110 South Pacific Street, overlooking the ocean.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fallbrook Friends - Fallbrook, CA, USA

Fallbrook Friends, a part of Fallbrook Art in Public Places, is an original bronze sculpture created in 1999 by artist Marsha Brook.  It depicts a woman reading a book to a young girl and is dedicated to the late Carrie Handelman.

This Sculpture Is A Memorial To
Carrie Handelman
September 12, 1918 - June 1, 1997
She Loved The Children She Taught.
Her Spirit And Devotion Will Live
On Forever.

"Fallbrook Friends"
An Original Bronze
By Artist Marsha Brook

Sculpture Donated By The Fallbrook Village Association
From A Grant By The Handelman Family

Pedestal And Installation Donated By The Friends Of The
Fallbrook Library From A Grant By Gib And Maxine Moudry

Located outside of the Fallbrook Branch of the San Diego County Library at 124 South Mission Road.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

E. G. Garrison Elementary School - Oceanside, CA, USA

E. G. Garrison Elementary School (aka Garrison Elementary School) was constructed in the early 1970s.  It is part of the Oceanside Unified School District.  Originally serving Kindergarten through the 6th grade, it now serves students through the 5th grade.

Located at 333 Garrison Street.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Oceanside Yacht Club - Oceanside, CA, USA

The Oceanside Yacht Club was founded in 1963 after construction of the Oceanside Harbor.  Originally an existing single-story building, a second story was added after its aquisition by the Yacht Club in late 1963.

Located at 1950 Harbor Drive North, between the Jolly Roger Restaurant and the Marina Inn.