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River Rock Buildings in Need of Restoral

Updated on February 20, 2017

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.


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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.

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Part of the porch is missingWood is starting to rotSmall garage in the back
Part of the porch is missing
Part of the porch is missing
Wood is starting to rot
Wood is starting to rot
Small garage in the back
Small garage in the back

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, Upland

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Near corner of Baseline and Monte Vista.  I did notice during tear down that someone  saved wood siding.A group of three buildingsA peek insideTrash incinerator in back of houseLooking north at the San Gabriel Mountains: origin of all the rocks.
Near corner of Baseline and Monte Vista.  I did notice during tear down that someone  saved wood siding.
Near corner of Baseline and Monte Vista. I did notice during tear down that someone saved wood siding.
A group of three buildings
A group of three buildings
A peek inside
A peek inside
Trash incinerator in back of house
Trash incinerator in back of house
Looking north at the San Gabriel Mountains: origin of all the rocks.
Looking north at the San Gabriel Mountains: origin of all the rocks.

#2

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On the east end of the group at the very corner of BaselineBuilding in back of property
On the east end of the group at the very corner of Baseline
On the east end of the group at the very corner of Baseline
Building in back of property
Building in back of property

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 Buildings

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Baseline and Benson, UplandRepair work to be doneTypical windowsill treatmentThis was a water pumping station. It's all uphill south and north.East end of buildingNorth side facing Baseline.
Baseline and Benson, Upland
Baseline and Benson, Upland
Repair work to be done
Repair work to be done
Typical windowsill treatment
Typical windowsill treatment
This was a water pumping station. It's all uphill south and north.
This was a water pumping station. It's all uphill south and north.
East end of building
East end of building
North side facing Baseline.
North side facing Baseline.

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

Rock, Stone, Marble, Granite etc. - What a timeless medium.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      I have visited this lens before, this time I am linking it to my Rock Garden lens and doing some bookmarked. We love our rocks!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I love these houses, I've always wanted to live in one. I actually have a favorite stone house nearby that I used to look at everyday on the school bus on my way to school. I think they are beautiful, great lens!

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      These are beautiful houses. I would love one just like them.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I wonder why these houses were abandoned. They are beautiful and look sturdy. Maybe you will get something going!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Rock endures, just look to my ancestors, the Romans!

      The beginning of what we now travel, highways,

      was what the Romans built to keep and expand their empire.

      Roman stone roads that are still being used today.

      They have withstood the test of time.

      Consider the Appian Way...the worlds first "super highway".

      As structurally sound today as it was in its inception.

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