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River Rock Buildings in Need of Restoral
Some River Rock Buildings Have Seen Their Day
In the twenties and thirties of the 20th century river rock building was popular along the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. One reason is at different times in the millennium, the water ran down the canyons in torrents, depositing rocks by the millions in alluvial fans and level plains beyond the foot of the mountains.
Along came settlers, artisans and new comers to get their place in the sun. As in all the newly settled places in the U.S. whatever was available was exploited or used to get a shelter made or a home constructed.
Old abandon or shuttered buildings have a creepy mystery hanging over them that makes a person wonder what is inside. Some people want to restore them, some want to just get rid of them and some people will certainly take pictures.
Here is my collection of dilapidated rock structures located a few blocks north of Route 66 along the San Gabriel Mountains.
River Rock Shuttered Building #1
This is at Towne and the 210 Freeway in Claremont, CA. It has since been cleaned up, fenced, and is offered for sale.
Shuttered Building Group #2 - River Rock Buildings
Image taken in Aug. 2009. The lot has remained this way since before 1984 when I moved into the area. In 2013 the lot was demolished for town homes. The house to the left was razed. I am so glad I have a few pictures of it.
Baseline Rd, UplandClick thumbnail to view full-size
#2Click thumbnail to view full-size
Building Group #3
This property is marked sold. It has been empty since I located into the area in 1984.
The corner lot is big enough for commercial use and parking.
Building #3 - River Rock BuildingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Video of Abandoned Stone House
As We Are Recovering From the Recession
Since the Great Recession and the slow recovery two of these properties have seen changes starting in 2013.
The Claremont Packing House has been restored and serves as retail space and part museum. One display of commendatory and pictures of the citrus heyday, talked about how the Hispanics were skilled in masonry and contributed to structures in the area, in the early 20th century.
I wonder now much the masons south of the border contributed to the all rock structures pictured here.
© 2009 Sherry Venegas