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River Rock Homes of Southern California
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.
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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Craftsman and River Rock Home
River Rock in Claremont
Links for Related Topics / Claremont Area
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