Monday, July 6, 2009

A visit to Pomona

I took a drive out to Pomona yesterday.

I knew next to nothing about this small Inland Empire town, but there's a very good backgrounder on Pomona's history here thanks to MetroPonoma.com (although "Metro Ponoma" might be pushing it a bit).

Pomona in the early days, coutesy of Metro Ponoma.

There are a few more-or-less preserved architectural keepsakes in the town center, but fewer than one would hope. The Masonic Temple (1909) is in a style that might be called "bumpkin Beaux-Arts," but the building is still in use by the local Masons, bless their compass-and-angle-wielding hearts:


Masonic Temple, Ponoma (1909)

Masonic Temple side view

Masonic Temple Beaux-Arts cornice and roof detail

Just nextdoor is a handsome storefront building, the Rockroth (1910). It's no major architectural statement, but it's nicely maintained and has a lovely street-feel that made me want to set up shop then and there . . . perhaps selling nostalgia?

The Rockroth Building (1910)

The Craftsman-esque Seventh Day Adventist Church a couple of blocks away is a bit the worse for wear, but seems to be have great potential for restoration. It flanks a lovely winding block of Gordon Street planted with glorious cottonwoods in full bloom.

Seventh Day Adventist Church

It's difficult to be cynical about the many little places like Pomona that made Southern California a small-town paradise for so many people in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They're as much as part of our history as urban/urbane Los Angeles.

24 comments:

  1. tory burch outlet, http://www.toryburchshoesoutlet.com/
    nike air max 2015, http://www.airmax2015.com/
    coach outlet online, http://www.coachoutletonline.in.net/
    tory burch shoes, http://www.toryburchshoesoutlet.com/
    nike mercurial, http://www.nikemercurial.org/
    tiffany and co, http://www.tiffanyandco.in.net/
    herve leger dresses, http://www.herveleger.us.com/
    nfl jerseys wholesale, http://www.nfljerseys-wholesale.us.com/
    hollister, http://www.abercrombie-fitch-hollister.es/
    louis vuitton, http://www.borselouisvuittonoutlet.it/
    michael kors outlet online, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
    broncos jerseys, http://www.denverbroncos.org/
    cheap jordans, http://www.cheapjordanshoes.in.net/
    nike air huarache, http://www.nike-airhuarache.co.uk/
    louis vuitton handbags outlet, http://www.louisvuittonhandbags.org.uk/
    bears jerseys, http://www.chicagobearsjerseys.us/
    mac makeup, http://www.maccosmetics.in.net/
    louis vuitton handbags outlet, http://www.louisvuittonhandbag.us/
    coach outlet online, http://www.coachoutletonline.in.net/
    oakley sunglasses, http://www.oakleysunglasses-outlet.us.com/
    nike free uk, http://www.nikefreerunning.org.uk/
    ray ban sunglasses, http://www.raybansunglassesonline.in.net/
    coach outlet store, http://www.coachoutletstoreonline.in.net/
    jordan shoes 2015, http://www.jordanshoes.us.com/
    san francisco 49ers jerseys, http://www.sanfrancisco49ersjerseys.us/
    2015914caihuali

    ReplyDelete
  2. tods shoes,tods shoes sale,tods sale,tods outlet online,tods outlet store,tods factory outlet
    tory burch outlet online, http://www.toryburch.in.net/
    ugg boots clearance,ugg australia,uggs on sale,ugg slippers,uggs boots,uggs outlet,ugg boots,ugg,uggs
    los angeles lakers jerseys, http://www.lakersjerseys.us/
    seattle seahawks jerseys, http://www.seattleseahawksjersey.us/
    toms outlet, http://www.toms.us.com/
    salomon boots, http://www.salomonshoes.us.com/
    converse sneakers, http://www.converseshoes.us.com/
    mac makeup, http://www.maccosmetics.in.net/
    chanel handbags outlet, http://www.chanelhandbagsoutlet.eu.com/
    toms outlet store, http://www.tomsoutlet-stores.com/
    green bay packers jerseys, http://www.greenbaypackersjersey.us/
    nike air huarache, http://www.nikeairhuarache.org.uk/
    prada sneakers, http://www.pradashoes.us/
    michael kors handbags, http://www.michaelkorsusa.us/
    michael kors outlet online, http://www.michaelkorsoutletonlinstore.us.com/
    instyler, http://www.instylerionicstyler.com/
    asics,asics israel,asics shoes,asics running shoes,asics israel,asics gel,asics running,asics gel nimbus,asics gel kayano
    new york jets jerseys, http://www.newyorkjetsjersey.us/
    washington redskins jerseys, http://www.washingtonredskinsjersey.com/
    mm0926

    ReplyDelete