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Mount Rubidoux Historic District

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City Historic District - Mount Rubidoux Historic District - 4/15/1987
City Historic District - Mount Rubidoux Historic District - 10/17/1990
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Original district adopted by CHB Resolution No. 43 on 04/15/1987. Appeals to CC were heard on 05/26/1987. The CC denied the appeals and upheld the designation of the Mount Rubidoux Historic District as a preservation district.
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The Mount Rubidoux Historic District can be considered a microcosm of the development of several residential architectural styles in Southern California from 1903 to 1935. The majority of the historic homes in the District are one of three styles, Mediterranean Revival, Period Revival (non-Mediterranean) and Craftsman, which signify the divergence in philosophy of the regional architecture of the time. Mediterranean Revival styles exemplify the historical influence of the Hispanic past on architecture. The houses of this style in the Mount Rubidoux Historic District, by significant architects Robert H. Spurgeon, and Henry L.A. Jekel, typically display an attention to detail, elegant simplicity and harmony with the landscape found in the best examples. Other Period Revival styles found in the district are based on the precedent of English and French historical domestic architecture, particularly the Tudor, Norman, and French Cottage styles. On the other hand, Craftsman Bungalow houses signify the spirit of local materials and natural simplicity. This style, considered more "progressive" at the time than the period revivals, is well represented in the Mount Rubidoux Historic District. The houses of G. Stanley Wilson, in particular, are significant examples of the use of wood, stone, and textured materials along with respect for view and landscape, which typify the Craftsman thought. Both the Mediterranean Revival and Craftsman styles emphasized the concept of indoor-outdoor living, with porches, patios, and integrated landscaping, all of which took advantage of the Southern California climate. Strong slopes in the natural terrain allow the buildings to be seen from above as well as at street level.

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