Redlands Historic Preservation Fortnight will celebrate Craftsman style architecture for two weeks, May 8 through 20.
One Craftsman home owner calls it “simple elegance.” Home owner Donn Grenda said the Craftsman architectural design emphasized simple lines and elegant features such as oak cornices, wood beams, pocket doors and impressive fireplaces. Exterior features included revealed roof structures, stone work, and shingled siding.
A simple drive through residential neighborhoods around town provides ample evidence that the Craftsman style worked very well in Redlands. The Conservancy plans to assemble a driving tour of Redlands streets, pointing out the abundant Craftsman structures.
Over two weeks, six events, sponsored by Redlands Conservancy and Redlands Area Historical Society, will focus attention on the benefits of historic preservation in our town.
THE OPENING EVENT, THE FORTNIGHT RECEPTION ON MAY 8, will celebrate another piece of Redlands’ heritage, the Historical Glass Museum at 1157 North Orange Street. Located in the Jerome Seymour House, the museum has been the home of the largest collection of American glass in the United States. Redlands Conservancy is recognizing the museum this year as the recipient of the organization’s Adaptive Reuse Award, given each year to the owner of a structure which has been successfully reused in such a way that it contributes to the character of the town.
At the reception, which is free and open to the public, the Conservancy will also recognize any new inductees into Club 125, the listing of structures 125 years and older. This year’s inductees were built in 1892, four years after Redlands’ incorporation.
CALIFORNIA STATE HISTORIC RESOURCES COMMISSION MEETING on Wednesday, May 10 in Pasadena – At that meeting, Conservancy vice-president Donn Grenda will hear the nomination of his 1912 Craftsman home, the Dunn House, to the National Register of Historic Resources. Members plan to return to Pasadena on May 12 and 13 for the California Preservation Foundation Conference. The public is welcomed to register for that conference separately.
FOR SATURDAY, MAY 13, THE CONSERVANCY WILL OFFER ANOTHER 5K WALK THROUGH FASCINATING REDLANDS STREETS. This year’s free event, which is accompanied by a take-along booklet with turn-by-turn directions and tidbits of information about the sites along the route, will start near Augie’s Coffee House at 113 N Fifth Street.
ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, THE CONSERVANCY AND THE RAHS WILL OFFER A REDLANDS FORUM PROGRAM, DESIGNING A CITY WITH A “PERPETUAL ESTHETIC UPLIFT”: REDLANDS’ ARTS AND CRAFTS PERIOD ARCHITECTURE, PRESENTED BY LAUREN BRICKER, PhD, Professor of Architectural History at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona since 1999. She writes, “The city’s architectural identity began to take form through construction of the Santa Fe Depot and the University of Redlands. Its existing reputation as a ‘city of homes,’ was greatly enriched with the addition of Arts and Crafts period houses. These included large Craftsman and Mission Revival style houses built for the city’s financial elite, new tracts of speculative bungalows and a bungalow court.” The Redlands Forum is free and open to the public; attendees must register through the Redlands Forum web site.
THURSDAY, MAY 18, RECEPTION AND DISCUSSION AT THE CRAFTSMAN HOME OF DONN AND JANET GRENDA – Donn and Janet Grenda will open their quintessential – and soon-to-be-listed – Craftsman home on Garden Street on Thursday, May 18 for a reception and a discussion of the archaeological discoveries uncovered by archaeologist Grenda after the family moved in a few years ago. The reception from 7-8:30pm is free and open to the public.
TOUR OF CRAFTSMAN HOME NEIGHBORHOODS, LED BY TOM ATCHLEY – Closing the Fortnight activities will be the walk around Craftsman neighborhoods, organized by RAHS and led by Redlands historian Tom Atchley, scheduled for Saturday, May 20.
The Redlands Historic Preservation Fortnight is becoming an important series of events in Redlands, focusing on the forever value of the structures and sites that contribute to the character of Redlands. For more information, visit www.redlandsconservancy.org.