#Historic building in downtown #Fresno. Italian Renaissance architecture. #instafresno (at Pacific Southwest Building)
I love passing the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, in downtown #Fresno, when I drive to the Hwy 41 on-ramp. To me, it’s a lovely way of saying, “Thank you for visiting downtown!”
Read about the history of this historic building, here.
It’s a historic building kind of day on my tumblr…
The Hughes Hotel, Fresno’s first four-story building, was built in 1888 for about $300,000 (over $7 million in 2012 dollars).
The Hughes, built of brick and finished in a sandstone color, in the Modern Renaissance style, covered a large section of a city block on the southwest corner of I (later Broadway) and Tulare streets. It featured 200 rooms, plush parlors, an elegant restaurant, saloon, billiard room, a reading room and a steam laundry.
Among its firsts: electric lights in all rooms, generated by an on-premises power plant, telephones in each room and an elevator. It was built around a large interior court with orange trees, flowering plants and a central fountain. Balconies around the upper floors offered a view of the courtyard.
In 1898, a peacock lived in the courtyard. It met its fate in July 1953, when it fell victim to one of several arson fires set that day.
Whoa. I just came across a link for a virtual tour of the theater. Stunning…
A little history about one of Fresno’s historic neighborhoods.
Homes from the early 20th century line this boulevard in the heart of the historic Alta Vista Tract. The section of Huntington Boulevard between First Street on the west to Cedar Avenue on the east is the home to many large, stately homes. The original development of this area began circa 1910, on 190 acres of what had been an alfalfa field. The Alta Vista Tract, as the land would become known, was mapped by William Stranahan for the Pacific Improvement Corporation, and was officially platted in 1911. The tract’s boundaries were Balch Avenue on the south, Cedar Avenue on the east, the rear property line of Platt Avenue (east of Sixth Street) and Platt Avenue (west of Sixth Street) on the north, and First Street on the west. The subdivision was annexed to the City in January 1912, in an election that was the first in which women voted in the community. At the time of its admission to the City, the Alta Vista Tract was uninhabited but landscaped, although the trees had to be watered by tank wagon. In 1914 developers Billings & Meyering acquired the tract, completed street development, provided the last of the necessary municipal improvements including water service, and began marketing the property with fervor. A mere half decade later the tract had 267 homes. This rapid development was no doubt hastened by the Fresno Traction Company right-of-way along Huntington Boulevard, which provided streetcar connections between downtown and the County Hospital. (Taken with Instagram at Huntington Blvd)
Fresno Streetcar (by Frozen Coffee). Another photo of the street car with more information about its history.
“This is supposedly a remaining original Fresno streetcar from way-back-when. After the streetcar service ended, this car and its trailer served as a hot-dog stand for many decades, at this location on South Cherry Ave. between Broadway and Los Angeles St. ”