List of landmarks in Riverside, California

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This List of landmarks in Riverside, California includes officially designated federal, state, and local landmarks within the city of Riverside, California, United States, as well as other notable points of interest within the city. Landmarks that are closely associated with the city, but outside the city's boundaries, have also been included.

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List of officially designated landmarks[edit]

[1] Image Name/Location County
1 MissionInn GateWithBells.jpg Mission Inn
(3649 Mission Inn Ave)
33°58′59″N 117°22′22″W / 33.98306°N 117.37278°W / 33.98306; -117.37278 (Mission Inn)
RCHL 761
71000173 A composite of many architectural styles, the Inn is generally considered the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States. Designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL) on 1977-05-05.[8]
2 Riverside County Courthouse, 1903.jpg Riverside County Historic Courthouse
(4050 Main St)
3 All Souls Universalist Church.jpg Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside
(3525 Mission Inn Ave)
33°58′56″N 117°22′17″W / 33.98222°N 117.37139°W / 33.98222; -117.37139 (Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside)
78000736 Originally the All Souls Universalist Church. Built in the English Gothic style, the church is made of unreinforced brick faced with Arizona red sandstone. It has a 50-foot (15 m) tower, stained glass windows, and was completed in 1892.[9]
4 Magnolia United Presbyterian Church.jpg Magnolia United Presbyterian Church
(7200 Magnolia Ave)
Founded as "First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, California," this Gothic Revival church was designed and built by Architect A. W. Boggs in 1881. It is the oldest existing church building in the city of Riverside.
5 Heritage House (Bettner-McDavid House)
(8193 Magnolia Ave)
6 FirstCongregationalChurch20090821f.jpg First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ)
(3504 Mission Inn Ave)
10 CPHI 97000297 The church was designed by architect Myron Hunt in the Spanish Baroque Churrigueresque style. Construction began in 1912, and the church was dedicated on January 25, 1914. In 1989 a 24-bell cast bronze carillon, made by the Paccard Foundry in France, was installed in the church's 135-foot (41 m) bell tower, the only pealing bells in Southern California.[10]
7 First Church of Christ, Scientist
(3606 Lemon St)
33°58′57″N 117°22′14″W / 33.98250°N 117.37056°W / 33.98250; -117.37056 (First Church of Christ, Scientist)
8 RiversideCA VictoriaAve.jpg Victoria Avenue
(Myrtle Ave to Boundary Lane)
00001267 1892 - This seven-mile divided avenue, from Myrtle Ave to the city limits, was planned by Matthew Gage, canal builder and developer of Arlington Heights sub-division. The original planting was supervised by Franz P. Hosp, famed landscape architect.

Cultural Heritage Landmark No. 8 City of Riverside

9 Union Pacific Depot
(3751 Vine St)
10 Bandshell at Fairmount Park
(Fairmount Boulevard and Market St)
11 RiversideMetropolitanMuseum20090821a.jpg Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Federal Post Office
(3580 Mission Inn Ave)
12 S. C. Evans Residence
(7606 Mt. Vernon St)
13 Benedict Castle
(1850 Benedict Ave)
14 Buena Vista Drive and Carlson Park
(Mission Inn Ave between Redwood Dr and the Santa Ana River)
15 Parent Navel Orange Tree
(Magnolia Ave at Arlington Ave)
16 Sherman Indian Museum
(9010 Magnolia Ave)
80000831 Established in 1900, and named for James Schoolcraft Sherman, the school first was a vocational school for Native Americans from California, but later became a high school for Native American students. The building now houses the Sherman Indian Museum with exhibits of Native American history.[11]
17 RiversideMunicipalAuditorium20090821z.jpg Riverside Municipal Auditorium
(3485 Mission Inn Ave)
18 RiversideArtMuseum20090821g.JPG Riverside Art Museum
(3425 Mission Inn Ave)
19 Chinatown Site
(Brockton Ave at Tequesquite Ave)
8 CPHI 90000151
20 Fred Stebler House
(4532 Sixth St)
21 Loring Building - panoramio.jpg Loring Building
(3673 Main St)
22 New Jerusalem Church
(3645 Locust St)
23 Harada House 20091024c.jpg Harada House
(3356 Lemon St)
77000325 Designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL) on 1990-12-14.[8]
24 The Gage Canal
25 Edgewild
(2320 Mary St)
26 World Peace Bridge Riverside CA 20100226.jpg Mount Rubidoux
(west of downtown Riverside)
27 John W. North Park
(Mission Inn Avenue at Vine St)
28 Old City Hall
(3612 Mission Inn Ave)
29 Rockledge - Hall Residence.jpg Rockledge
(2812 Ivy St)
30 Devine House
(4475 Twelfth St)
31 Raeburn
(2508 Raeburn Dr)
32 Arcade Building
(3602 University Ave)
33 Bonnett Building
(3800 Orange St)
34 Estudillo House
(4515 Sixth St)
35 Irvine House
(3115 Brockton Ave)
36 Waite House
(3121 Mulberry St)
37 Cressman House
(3390 Orange St)
38 Grant School
(4011 Fourteenth St)
39 Fox Theater, Riverside CA.jpg Riverside Fox Theater
(3801 Mission Inn Ave)
40 Seventh Street
(from the Santa Fe Depot to the Buena Vista Bridge)
41 Historic Ymca aka life arts building.jpg Young Men’s Christian Association Building (YMCA)
(3485 University Ave)
42 Greystones
(6190 Hawarden Dr)
43 Lerner Building
(3605-49 Tenth St)
44 Hole Mansion
(11316 Cypress Ave)
45 Collins-Seaton House
(2374 Mission Inn Ave)
46 Riverside Library.jpg Arlington Branch Library
(9556 Magnolia Ave)
47 Batkin-Chrysler House
(4539 Rubidoux Ave)
48 Riverside City College Quadrangle
(4800 Magnolia Ave)
49 University Heights Junior High School
(2060 University Ave)
50 Rouse’s Department Store Building
(3834 Main St)
51 Ward House
(2969 Mission Inn Ave)
52 Weber House
(1510 University Ave)
53 Moulton House
(7335 Magnolia Ave)
54 Victoria Bridge Landmark 54.jpg Victoria Bridge
(Victoria Ave between Myrtle Ave and Woodbine St)
1928 - The original Victoria Bridge was wooden and built in 1891 to unite the new Arlington Heights tract with downtown. Designed by William Irving and built by private developers, the bridge was deeded to the city in 1891. The wooden bridge supported a streetcar line from 1901 to 1924, but suffered from loads too heavy for its design. The current, 1928, bridge is of reinforced concrete and was designed by R.V. Leeson of Los Angeles. Cultural Heritage Board Landmark No. 54 City of Riverside
55 Hoover House
(3858 Redwood Dr)
Palm School
Palm Elementary School
(6735 Magnolia Ave)
57 White Park
(Chestnut St and Tenth St)
58 Orchard House
(6499 Hawarden Dr)
59 Robert Bettner House
(7995 Magnolia Ave)
60 The Chicago White Sox Redwood Tree
(Low Park)
61 Montezuma Bald Cypress Trees
(Fairmount Park)
62 Magnolia Avenue Parkways and Center Median
(between Arlington Ave and San Rafael Way)
63 Palm Grove
(Hunter Park, near the intersection of Columbia St and Iowa Ave)
64 Roosevelt Palm.jpg Roosevelt Palm
(Victoria Ave at Myrtle St)
Originally Queen Victoria palm planted by President Theodore Roosevelt May 8, 1903. Marked March 27, 1965 by Jurupa Parlor No. 298 Native Daughters of the Golden West Riverside, California
65 Native Sycamore Tree
(median island on La Paz Lane at Bubbling Well Rd)
66 Horse Chestnut Tree
(Victoria Ave center divider at Mary St)
67 Evergreen Cemetery and Riverside Mausoleum
(4414 Fourteenth St)
68 Mitchell House
(3209 Mulberry St)
69 Fairmount Park
(Fairmount Blvd and Market St)
70 Harwood Hall House
(4570 University Ave)
71 Shiels House
(3620 Fifteenth St)
72 McIntyre House
(4586 Olivewood Ave)
73 DeAnza-Statue.jpg Newman Park and the De Anza Statue
(Magnolia Ave at Fourteenth St)
74 Buena Vista Bridge
(Rubidoux Dr and Mission Inn Ave)
75 Stone House
(3241 Mary Street)
76 Stone House
(2110 Seventh Street)
77 Hammer-Wallihan House
(3563 Prospect Ave)
78 Jarvis House
(4492 Twelfth St)
79 Collier House
(3092 Lime St)
80 M. H. Simons’ Undertaking Chapel
(3610 Eleventh St)
81 William Childs House
(1151 Monte Vista Dr)
82 Hartree Grove
(6475 Victoria Ave)
83 First Christian Church Parsonage
(2933 Mission Inn Ave)
84 Aurea Vista Hotel
(3480 University Ave)
85 Casa De Anza Motel
(3425 Market St)
86 Rockledge Cottage
(2575 Madison St)
87 Tetley Building
(4344-98 Market St)
88 Henry M. Streeter House
(5211 Central Ave)
89 James M. Wood House
(2490 Prince Albert Dr)
1891 - This colonial revival house was built for James M. Wood, renowned theater architect from Chicago. Mr. Wood had come to Riverside in 1889 to design the interior of the Loring Opera House. A.C. Willard, who had designed the exterior of the opera house, was also architect for Mr. Wood's Riverside residence. Mr. Wood stayed in his new house only infrequently and sold it in 1893. Cultural Heritage Board Landmark No. 89 City of Riverside
90 Roosevelt Building
(3616-38 University Ave)
91 Ridgecourt
(3261 Strong St)
92 J. R. Willis Building
(4336 Market St)
93 John J. Hewitt House
(3050 Orange St)
94 Dr. Edmund Jaeger House – Delisted
(4465 Sixth St)
95 First United Brethren in Christ
(2921 Sixth St)
96 Irving School
(4341 Victoria Ave)
97 Chudzikowski Home Site
(4998 Bushnell Ave)
98 White Park Building
(3900-3920 Market St)
99 Benjamin Rockhold Family House
(4581 Indian Hill Rd)
100 Santa Fe Depot
(3750 Santa Fe St)
101 Elmer A. Day House
(3894 Fourth St)
102 Food Manufacturing Corporation
(Tenth St and Howard St)
103 Jaeger Family House
(4462 Sixth St)
104 Raymond Cree-Criddle House
(4536 Beacon Way)
105 Mary and Emerson Holt House
(3504 Larchwood Pl)
106 Alkire House
(3245 Orange St)
107 Holden House
(7355 Magnolia Ave)
108 Victorian Historical House.jpg Ames-Westbrook House
(4811 Brockton Ave)
Citrus Experiment Station[citation needed]
Citrus Machinery Pioneering[citation needed]
De Anza Crossing of the Santa Ana River[citation needed]
(6161 Moraga Ave)
Masonic Temple[citation needed]
(3650 11th St)
Riverside-Arlington Heights Fruit Exchange[citation needed]
(3391 Mission Inn Ave)
Sutherland Fruit Company[citation needed]
(3191 Mission Inn Ave)
March Field Historic District[citation needed]
(Eschscholtzia Ave)
CPHI 94001420
134 Nielsen Pool House.jpg Nielsen Pool House
(5050 Sedgwick Ave.)
1964 – The Nielsen Pool House was the residence of architectural engineer Svend Nielsen, known for his engineering work on structures such as the Forum in Los Angeles and the Discovery Cube in Santa Ana. The house is exemplifies Mid Century Modern Architecture, in addition to having unique architectural features including an indoor swimming pool with a retractable roof. The house was named landmark #134 by the Riverside City Council at the recommendation of the Cultural Heritage board.


List of monuments and memorials[edit]

Photo Name/
Chinese pagoda
(in front of the downtown library)
Famous Flyers Wall
(Mission Inn)
Huntington shrine
(Mount Rubidoux)
Mt Rubidoux Cross.jpg Junípero Serra cross
(Mount Rubidoux)
Loring shrine
(Mount Rubidoux)
AhnChangHo-Statue.jpg Statue of Ahn Chang Ho
(Main Street Pedestrian Mall)
DeAnza-Statue.jpg Statue of Juan Bautista De Anza
(Magnolia Ave at Fourteenth St)
See city landmark #73.
Statue of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Main Street Pedestrian Mall)
Statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
(Main Street Pedestrian Mall)
Statue of Ysmael R. Villegas
(Main Street Pedestrian Mall)
The Riverside Tripod 1976 by artist James Rosati This James Rosati sculpture was originally installed on the grounds of the newly constructed Riverside City Hall in Downtown Riverside. The sculpture was moved to the city's fire station #5, and re-dedicated on September 11, 2008, to the Riverside firefighters who responded to the 9/11 emergency in New York in 2001.[13]
Victims Wall
(Victim's Courtyard in downtown Riverside)[14]
World Peace Bridge Riverside CA 20100226.jpg World Peace Bridge
(Mount Rubidoux)
World War II Water Buffalo Tank
(Fairmount Park)
The FMC corporation, originally the Food Machinery Company, and a maker of citrus packing equipment and pesticides, was given a contract to design a tracked military vehicle, after it had been instrumental in designing an amphibious tracked vehicle for use in the Florida Everglades. The Riverside plant became associated with the LVTA (landing vehicle, tracked, armored), or Water Buffalo. One of the tanks was installed on a cement pedestal at Fairmount Park as a memorial to the fact that the park's Lake Evans, along with the nearby Santa Ana River, were used as testing areas for the tank.[15]

List of natural landmarks[edit]

Photo Name/
Arlington Mountain 1,853 feet (565 m)
33°52′16.97″N 117°28′17.36″W / 33.8713806°N 117.4714889°W / 33.8713806; -117.4714889 (Administration Building, Sherman Institute)
Riverside DSCN0700 Ver2.jpg Box Springs Mountain 3,080 feet (940 m)
33°57′42″N 117°16′49″W / 33.96167°N 117.28028°W / 33.96167; -117.28028 (Box Springs Mountain)
La Sierra Hills
Little Pachapa Hill 877 feet (267 m)
33°57′2.63″N 117°22′55.38″W / 33.9507306°N 117.3820500°W / 33.9507306; -117.3820500 (Little Pachapa Hill)
MountRubidoux-1.JPG Mount Rubidoux 1,399 feet (426 m)
33°59′1.39″N 117°23′35.23″W / 33.9837194°N 117.3931194°W / 33.9837194; -117.3931194 (Mount Rubidoux)
Pachappa Hill.jpg Pachapa Hill 1,186 feet (361 m)
33°57′37.94″N 117°22′49.73″W / 33.9605389°N 117.3804806°W / 33.9605389; -117.3804806 (Pachapa Hill)
Quarry Hill 1,178 feet (359 m)
33°55′23.30″N 117°23′35.38″W / 33.9231389°N 117.3931611°W / 33.9231389; -117.3931611 (Quarry Hill)
SARatMWD.jpg Santa Ana River
Tequesquite Arroyo
Victoria Hill 1,005 feet (306 m)
33°57′33.88″N 117°22′14.27″W / 33.9594111°N 117.3706306°W / 33.9594111; -117.3706306 (Victoria Hill)

Other points of interest[edit]

Photo Name/
Dixie Cup 20090904.jpg Giant Lily Cup
(Iowa Ave north of Palmyrita Ave)
The world's largest "paper" cup in front of what was once the Lily-Tulip manufacturing company, later Sweetheart Cup Company.[16] Actually made of poured concrete, the cup stands about 68.1 feet (20.8 m) tall.
Main Street Mall Clock Tower and Water Fall
(Tenth and Main Streets)
Main Street Pedestrian Mall Antique Clock Tower
(southwest corner of Mission Inn Ave and Main St)
A 13 foot high Seth Thomas street clock made in 1908. Originally the clock was installed on Riverside's Main Street in the 1920s in front of the Fisher Jewelry store. The clock was moved several times along with the store. Fisher reportedly obtained the clock from someone in Pasadena, California, where the clock had also stood in front of a jewelry store.[17] The clock was completely refurbished in 2010, and moved to its current location, as part of the Main Street Pedestrian Mall remodel.[18]
Railway Viaduct.jpg Concrete Railway Viaduct
(crossing the Santa Ana River near Fremont St)
When built in 1903 it was billed as the largest concrete viaduct in the world. It is 984 feet (300 m) long, 17 feet (5.2 m) wide, averages 55 feet (17 m) in height, and contains about 14,000 cubic feet (400 m3) of concrete.[19] (As a comparison, Glenfinnan Viaduct (the "Harry Potter" viaduct) was built in 1901 and is 1,035 feet (315 m) long and up to 100 feet (30 m) high.)
Ucr-belltower.jpg University of California, Riverside Bell Tower and Carillon The 161 feet (49 m) bell tower houses a 48-bell carillon with bells ranging from 28 pounds to 5,091 pounds. Regular performances are held weekly, on Mondays, from noon until 1:00pm, with special performances throughout the year.[20]

See also[edit]



  • Hall, Joan H. (2003). Cottages, Colonials, and Community Places of Riverside, California. Riverside, CA: Highgrove Press. p. 234. ISBN 0-9631618-5-7.
  • Jennings, Bill (Editorial Committee Chairman). Guide To The Historic Landmarks Of Riverside County California, Riverside County Historical Commission Press, Riverside, CA, 1993.
  • Klotz, Esther H.; Hall, Joan H. (1985). Adobes, Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside, California (1st ed.). Riverside, CA: Riverside Museum Press. p. 335. ISBN 0-935661-11-5.
  • Patterson, Tom. Landmarks of Riverside and the Stories Behind Them, The Press-Enterprise Co., 1964. LOC catalog number: 64-15204.

Citations and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Numbers are as listed in the City of Riverside Landmarks brochure. Blue represents sites that are City of Riverside Landmarks without a higher designation. Other various colorings (defined here) represent higher designations as National Historic Landmarks and listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
  2. ^ Riverside County Historic Landmark (RCHL)
  3. ^ Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District; County Historic Landmark Designation; Riverside County Points of Historical Interest. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  4. ^ Number indicates California Historical Landmark; CPHI indicates California Place of Historical Interest
  5. ^ "California Historic Landmarks – Riverside County". California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  6. ^ Jennings, Bill (1993). Guide To The Historic Landmarks Of Riverside County California. Riverside, CA: Riverside County Historical Commission Press. pp. 10–36.
  7. ^ The NRIS (National Register Information System) number from the US Department of the Interior; National Park Service; National Register of Historic Places Database. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  8. ^ a b US Department of the Interior; National Park Service; Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  9. ^ Hiltner, Nita. Riverside: Sandstone, tower, no air conditioning make up church, The Press-Enterprise, 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  10. ^ Hiltner, Nita. RIVERSIDE: Abolitionists gave church its start, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California, 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
  11. ^ Jennings, page 10.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Haberman, Doug. At ceremony, Riverside commemorates 9/11, rededicates 'Tripod' sculpture, The Press-Enterprise, 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
  14. ^ ABC News, Victims Wall to be unveiled in Riverside, 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  15. ^ Patterson, pages 166-167.
  16. ^ Lily-Tulip Cup Corporation, Springfield-Greene County Library, Springfield, Missouri
  17. ^ Patterson, Tom. The County's Past, The Press-Enterprise, 1992-12-20, page B-4.
  18. ^ Robinson, Alicia. 102-Year-Old Clock Returns to Riverside Mall, The Press-Enterprise, 2010-02-12.
  19. ^ Ostrom, A. C. The Concrete Viaduct Near Riverside, Cal; San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake R. R., Engineering News, Vol. L. No. 17, New York, 1903-10-02.
  20. ^ University of California, Riverside Belltower. Retrieved 2010-10-10.

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