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Seventh Street Historic District

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City Historic District - Seventh Street Historic District - 8/20/1980
Survey Results  1980 1980  1996  2013     
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Survey Description
The Seventh Street Historic District (Landmark #40) runs the entire length of Riverside's Mile Square, the familiar name for the original town site that John Goldsworthy, of the Los Angeles surveying and civil engineering firm Goldsworthy and Higbie laid out for the city in 1870. Seventh Street, with the Buena Vista Bridge greeting carriage and auto traffic from Los Angeles at the west and with the Union Pacific and Santa Fe depots depositing railroad travelers at the east represents the traditional gateway to Riverside. The Seventh Street Historic District uniquely embraces every facet of Riverside's historic economic, social, and home atmospheres. The Seventh Street Historic District in Riverside includes 20 contributing properties, 3 non-contributing properties, and 2 contributing series of street furniture (Citrus Tree Pergola and Navaho Raincross street lights). The inventory of contributing and non-contributing properties are listed in an attached table. The inventroy includes the street address, historic name, property and contributing/non-contributing status. The boundary of the Seventh Street Historic District is roughly defined as the parcels located along either side of Seventh Street from the Santa Fe Railroad tracks at Commerce to the Fox Theatre at Market Street. It is composed of twenty contributing features, three non-contributing features, and two series of street furniture. A broad range of civic, commercial, ecclesiastical and industrial architectural styles are represented along the length of the district corridor. The magnificent variety of styles presented along Seventh Street include Pueblo, Mission Revival, Moorish, Churrigueresque, Renaissance Revival, Mediterranean, Classical Revival, and even Romanesque. Even the street furniture enhances the architectural gems along the corridor, as the streetlamps are designed in the Indian raincross symbol and several citrus tree pergolae are distributed throughout. The dramatic assemblage of property uses and high degree of artistic merit found in the vast majority of designs creates a stunning and unique sense of time and place for the early development of commercial, civic, and industrial architecture in the City of Riverside. The accompanying map illustrates the specific limits of the district boundary appearing eligible for inclusion in the National Register.

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