An Ethel Among Mermans (thornwolf) wrote,
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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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