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The Mission Inn - The art of Thornwolf
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The Mission Inn
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The Mission Inn is a historical landmark located in downtown Riverside. Riverside in general has a pretty big Victorian district with a lot of old architecture and houses etc. (Kishor actually lives in a modified Victorian), so this inn is just chock full of that incredible 1800's architecture with a Spanish/Californian twist to it.

It was built by Christopher Columbus Miller and later, his son Frank. It was essentially an ongoing project and it just kept expanding. The whole building now takes over an entire city block. According to Wiki:

Miller built in reinforced concrete and developed an accomplished, expressive vernacular style drawn from random historical styles. Accumulating one section over another, addition upon addition, the result is an enormously complicated and intricate built environment, comparable to the Winchester House, or to a self-contained medieval European city.

The Mission contains narrow passageways like a Tuscan village, exterior arcades, a prominent medieval-style clock overlooking the Spanish patio, a deep but sun-drenched five-story rotunda, innumerable patios and windows, towers, minarets, a Cloister Wing (with Catacombs), a high pedestrian bridge, and a five-story spiral staircase, among many other features. The 1914 Spanish Wing in itself contains a castle courtyard, open arcades, Mexican tiled roofs, flying buttresses and Mediterranean domes


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President Taft's specially made chair.
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*ahem* Yes. It definitely was his chair.
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cesarin From: cesarin Date: April 20th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
that building is beautiful! :D

we have similar buildings here in Mexico ( specially in MExico city and the city of Puebla )
but havent seen a convent THAT big ( specially in height.. )
turbinerocks From: turbinerocks Date: April 20th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy shit! I want to see that place in person!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 20th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sure is a real labyrinth.
From: astolpho Date: April 21st, 2008 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh holy cats that is totally boss. I WILL TAKE ONE OF EVERYTHING. PUT IT IN THE TRUNK, I WILL TAKE IT HOME.
desertcoyote From: desertcoyote Date: April 21st, 2008 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I love old CA missions... great pics!
reyfox From: reyfox Date: April 21st, 2008 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
That second picture is Escherian.
calicatmerlin From: calicatmerlin Date: April 21st, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome pics of an equally awesome mission. One of these days I'll have to drive out there to see it myself. I love how you managed to be there to take twilight pics as the sky transitioned into darkness and the soft glow of the lights came into effect.
shimmerhawk From: shimmerhawk Date: April 22nd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Amazing! I want to be there. Thanks for sharing. :)
kaysho From: kaysho Date: April 29th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those photos have definitely rekindled my interest in seeing this place. :)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 30th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Well come on then :3 *wag wag*
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