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River Rock Homes of Southern California

Updated on January 24, 2017
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River Rock Houses in Southern California

Browse the river rock homes and bungalows I have found in Southern California. The images collected are of the homes that were built in the early 20th century. Some homes built at that time had river rocks for free and bags of cement were as cheap as 10 cents each. All the homes I have studied have cement caps for porches and windows.

At this point my studies are mainly finding the river rock houses and photographing them. Enjoying the nuances of each craftsman laying the stones and the accents that may of gone into the rock house construction. I capture landscapes if they appear to be original. If you have a casual interest or are trying to restore your river rock home, I hope these pictures will be helpful.


River Rock Home near Route 66
River Rock Home near Route 66

Collected Photos of River Rock Homes

The following river rock buildings are located in Claremont, CA. Along Mountain Avenue I located three spaced on average of 10 blocks apart. One near Route 66, one on Hwy 30 and one near the top of the street climb, situated higher in the foothills. All the acreage surrounding these homes in the early 20th century was planted citrus groves. Many front and backyards in the area have trees left from the old groves.

Everything about Claremont reflects money and the river rock homes are bigger and grander than the examples I located in La Verne, the city just west of Claremont. The La Verne river rock home pictures you can see at Vintage River Rock Homes of the Last Century.

Route 66 was inaugurated in 1926 through the side-by-side cities. Both cities also had established colleges with shady grounds and views of the San Gabriel Mountains to the north.

Most river rock construction reflects craftsman architecture of the arts and crafts movement.

Near Route 66 - Click thumbnail to view.

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Three story home. Notice the top corner pieces for the porch.I have seen the round planter elsewhere in the city.Sleeping porch and cellars windows visible on north side of the house.Old orange treesThree car garage just some thirty feet north west of the back corner of the house.
Three story home. Notice the top corner pieces for the porch.
Three story home. Notice the top corner pieces for the porch.
I have seen the round planter elsewhere in the city.
I have seen the round planter elsewhere in the city.
Sleeping porch and cellars windows visible on north side of the house.
Sleeping porch and cellars windows visible on north side of the house.
Old orange trees
Old orange trees
Three car garage just some thirty feet north west of the back corner of the house.
Three car garage just some thirty feet north west of the back corner of the house.

Craftsman and River Rock Home

River Rock in Claremont

Long low craftsman ranch style home. River rock house extends under the pine on the left.
Long low craftsman ranch style home. River rock house extends under the pine on the left.
Left and under the old pine tree
Left and under the old pine tree
River rock masonry of house and walls
River rock masonry of house and walls

Rear of house with modest garage and lovely landscaped yard facing the San Gabriels Mountains.

river rock gas station image
river rock gas station image

Claremont, California

A gas station converted into an artist gallery on Route 66 at the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill Blvd.

I am not finished with this exploration of turn of the 20th century southern California. Come back again.

© 2011 Sherry Venegas

Homes of river rock exteriors.

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      slecnokim 3 years ago

      i stumbled across your page because i bought a river rock house two years ago in Garvanza (just south of the rose bowl, three miles). it's from 1924 and needs lots of repair now. A very interesting house.

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      @anonymous: Angie, I am sorry for the late response, but yes, I would like any information you have. My email is lemarmatt@aol.com. I am so interested in these homes and almost crave information and I enjoy taking pictures of the structures I find in the area. Sherry

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I grew up in a river rock home. My grandfather (5 generations back) was one of the main architects of this style in the so cal area and built the two homes on the property I grew up in as well as contributing to many others in the area. If you would like some info on this property or some photos just let me know and I will see what I can get together for you.

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      Didge 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lenses paperfacets

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      so beautiful! Thanks for introducing me to river rock bungalows!

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