Local Riverside — Architectural History

By: Connie Ransom & Charlotte Mckenzie

Riverside has a rich architectural history. We have everything from Victorian era cottages and Queen Anns, to WWII era bungalows and Mid-Century gems.

In the late 19th Century, Riverside had one of its first housing booms. The City of Riverside was established in 1870 and from then until the turn of the century the region grew and became quite prosperous due to the success of the citrus boom. In fact, the City of Riverside had the highest per capita income in the nation up until the 1920’s. Reminders of this wealth are seen today in the form of large Victorian mansions sprinkled throughout the city.

Many of the Victorian Queen Ann style homes in Riverside have been updated with modern conveniences. While they still have the historic features they were built with, they are not representative how they were originally lived in at the turn of the 20th century. There is one home, however, that is “an elegant reminder of the affluent homes which once graced Magnolia Avenue in Riverside.” The Heritage House, which began as a project of the Riverside Museum Associates, it is now owned by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and is maintained as an excellent recreation of what you would have seen in a home in the 1890’s.

Throughout the year you can enjoy tours of the Heritage House Friday thru Sunday from Noon until 3:00. There are also special events throughout the year at the home. One of our favorites is the Victorian Christmas Open House. This home is lovely at any time of the year, but when it is decorated for the holiday season, it shines. Visitors can enjoy a traditional Christmas experience with Father Christmas, Caroling, home baked sweets, and hot mulled cider. You’ll smell the fresh cut greens and homemade wreaths and enjoy a kiss under the live mistletoe. This year’s open house event takes place on December 9th.

It is wonderful to have such a treasure in our own city. Riverside has a rich and interesting history, this is one way to learn more about how the founders of our City lived.

Sunday, December 9, 2018
12:00 - 4:00 pm | Free
Heritage House
8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside

Visitors can enjoy a traditional Christmas experience with Father Christmas, Caroling, home baked sweets, and hot mulled cider. You’ll smell the fresh cut greens and homemade wreaths and enjoy a kiss under the live mistletoe.