Heritage House of Riverside

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Located on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, California, is a 19th-century structure called the Heritage House. The mansion is currently maintained by the Riverside Municipal Museum.The Bettners originally lived in New York. Oranges grown by the Bettners won awards at an exposition in New Orleans.The couple’s happy life was short-lived. It is believed that she built the new house to forget the sorrows related with the old home.The new house was fashioned in the classic Queen Anne Victorian style. The grandeur of the mansion can be guessed at by the report published in the Riverside Daily Press, which predicted it would become one of the city’s most elegant houses.Currently, the Heritage House serves as a example of the wealthy homes of the 19th century. The surrounding orchards recreate the environment that was prevalent during the times of the Bettners.Volunteers dressed as Victorian soldiers present parades on the premises. Special house tours are arranged, during which actors dressed in 19th-century costumes reenact the day-to-day life of that bygone era.


Historic houses - "Riverside" House

“Riverside House” was a pretty two storey house built in 1886 by Mr George Stone on the banks of Parramatta River. It was said that the house was built on concrete foundations and had panoramic views of the former old King’s School grounds (now Bayanami Public School), the river, and Parramatta Park. It cost about £1,600[2] (which in present value would cost an estimated $207,028 as of 2019).[3]

George Stone (1843-1907) was part of a well known Granville district family then known as the Parramatta Junction. His family established the first Vauxhall Inn in Granville[4] in 1885. In 1884 , he transferred his license to Sam Hill and then went onto manage Emu Hotel[5] of George Street, Parramatta until his death on 30 January 1907, aged 64[6]. Stone’s sister Eliza Jane was married to Henry Tucker Jones (1833-1902), Mayor of Prospect and Sherwood and returning officer for the State electorate of Parramatta.[7]

In December 1888, Riverside house was severely damaged by a disastrous storm which undermined the house and flooded the river. A portion of the house was washed away by the Marsden Street dam.[8]

At the time, it was leased for 7 years to Mr Andrew Hardie McCulloch, junior (c.1845 - 1908), a solicitor and pastoralist. From 26 October 1877 to 1 May 1888, McCulloch was a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Central Cumberland before he absconded to avoid arrest for alleged misappropriation of trust funds and other offences.[9]

An account of the event has been written by The Sydney Morning Herald correspondent (17 December 1888, page 4)[]:

Due to the nature of the disaster, it was not covered by insurance. Stone thus had to take Council to court with solicitor McCulloch represented Mr Stone v. Borough Council of Parramatta claiming £2,000 worth of damage. After inspections, Mr Stone received the funds in 1889 as compensation .[12]

Photos of the flood are in the Local Studies photographic collection and below in the top left corner is an image that shows the damage to "Riverside" house after the December 1888 flood.


Marsden Street Wier, dam, on the Parramatta River after a flood, circa 1888. (Source: City of Parramatta, 2021, Local Studies Photograph Collection, Object number LSP00293)


Anne Tsang, Research Assistant, Parramatta Heritage Centre, City of Parramatta, 2021


Riverside offers history with classic Victorian Heritage house to locals

Located on Magnolia Avenue, down the street from California Baptist University, resides Riverside’s Heritage House.

The Heritage House is a Victorian-style home owned by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. It is free to visit and just a short walk from the university’s main campus, in the center of Riverside.

The elaborate home originally belonged to James and Catherine Bettner. The married couple settled in Riverside soon after it was built in the 1870s.

The home was built in 1891 for Catherine Bettner. It stands out because it is designed with a raised foundation in a prominent location that at one point in time could be seen by all of the Bettners neighbors.

The Bettners home became the Riverside Heritage House in 1963, when the Junior League of Riverside wanted to find a home that depicted what life was like in the 1890s.

Lia Riccio, sophomore history major, said conserving history and honoring it is important.

“It is good to take time to remember history so that you can pass on the stories of who lived here before, learn form the past, and use it to shape the future,” Riccio said.

Riccio also recommended all students take time to check out the Heritage House.

“It is a good thing for students to attend because a lot of CBU students aren’t from around the area, so it is good for them to learn about the city they are living in now,” Riccio said.

The Heritage House hosts many events in which students can participate in. Estimates from its website show that 15,000 people visit every year and events boast well over 1,000 participants.

Kimberly Gledhill, junior sociology major, said sh would like to see what is inside the house but has not attended any events yet.

“I saw the Heritage House on Magnolia Avenue but did not know that you could tour it and that they have events,” Gledhill said. “I would love to go there because it is gorgeous. I enjoy learning about the history of where I live and I love museums.”

Melissa Filmore, resident director of the Point living area, mentioned other ways for students to see historic Riverside.

“It’s really special to have something so unique and close by. There are quite a few historic landmarks right in Riverside that are easy to check out, and all have stories that give you insight into the area of Riverside,” Fillmore said.

The Heritage House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.


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Restoration

By the 1980s, the once proud farm residence had been reduced to only a fraction of its former self. The portico was nearly gone. Its roof was supported by telephone poles. The trim and shutters had not been painted in years. The landmark that had served as a beacon to river traffic in the previous century was not even visible from the water because of the overgrowth of brush around it.

Several forces contributed to the demise of the historic house. The 1937 Flood was devastating to the Moremen family and the Farnsley-Moremen property. The damage to the house and other buildings, as well as the impact of the depressed economy on the farm, had a lasting effect on the property. Water damage to the house had gone unrepaired. Pine floor boards, buckled and warped by total submersion, remained in the house. Plaster soaked by flood waters was allowed to dry and wallpaper was applied to cover the mud stains.

Fortunately, the Farnsley-Moremen House was known in the local community and was regarded as an important part of its history. By the late 1980s, local residents had identified the house to Family and Neighborhood Services Coordinator Jeanne Montgomery, who worked for then County Judge/Executive Harvey Sloane. Montgomery also lived in the area and promoted the idea of saving the house to County officials. The County finally purchased the 4.5 acre tract the house sat on in August 1988. Now the overwhelming task of returning the building to its former grandeur began.

Together, Jefferson County, under the leadership of then County Judge/Executive David L. Armstrong, Liberty National Bank, and a citizens group called Farnsley-Moremen Historic Home, Inc. signed a tripartite agreement. The formal agreement joined the three in partnership to raise money, oversee the development of the project, and carry out the plans for restoration. Ultimately, these forces raised over $2 million to restore the house, build a Visitors Center, and open the site to the public.

On October 10, 1993, the restored house was opened to the public for the first time. People stood in line for over an hour to tour the house. At one point during the day the line for tours stretched from the front door to the riverbank 200 yards away. Estimated attendance for the grand opening was 15,000 people.


A Turning Point in American History

The founding of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn., in 1817 was a crucial milestone in the way society related to people with disabilities. The time and place are significant because it was a unique conjunction of different currents which led to the school's establishment.

Many threads in developing U.S. society coalesced in Hartford in the early nineteenth century. The importance attached to universal literacy (by no means common in the world at the time) and the particular missionary religious doctrines of the prevalent Protestant sects provided both means and motive for the attempt to educate deaf people. The concept of self-reliance and the belief that religious salvation is possible through understanding the Bible determined the methods and purposes of the founders. Literacy, salvation and the skills needed to earn a living were the goals. Achieving these required clarity and fluidity of communication, which is why the school was based on sign language from the start.

The experiment aroused great interest. Governor Oliver Wolcott, in an 1818 proclamation, asked the public, "to aid . . . in elevating the condition of a class of mankind, who have been heretofore considered as incapable of mental improvement, but who are now found to be susceptible of instruction in the various arts and sciences, and of extensive attainments in moral and religious truth." His words express the great change in attitude toward deaf people which had only just occurred.


RIVERSIDE: Ice cream social serves sweets and history at Heritage House

The 22nd annual Old Style Independence Day Ice Cream Social takes place on Sunday, June 28, at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum’s Heritage House.

The 22nd annual Old Style Independence Day Ice Cream Social takes place on Sunday, June 28, at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum’s Heritage House.

Members of the Sons of the American Revolution fire muskets at the 2014 Heritage House Ice Cream Social. This year's event is on Sunday, June 28.

You can take a trip back in time at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum&rsquos Heritage House for the annual ice cream social.

The free event, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, aims to evoke how Independence Day would have been celebrated in Riverside during the 1890s.

The afternoon is packed with family-friendly entertainment including authentic Victorian games, handmade ice cream demonstrations, a barbershop quartet and free ice cream.

Guests have their pick of a bowl of strawberry, pineapple coconut, chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

A patriotic performance by the Sons of the American Revolution will include a Revolutionary Ear parade on the Heritage House grounds and musket firing.

There will also be guided tours of the Heritage House, with docents in Victorian-era attire leading the way.


Heritage House of Riverside - History

Due to the Covid-19 and with concern for our community’s health, the Irving Heritage Society will host
all events VIRTUALLY until such time it is possible to meet in person again.
This includes all activities until further notice.

For any questions, please contact [email protected] or call 972-252-3838.
We will continue to assess the situation and make any future adjustments when necessary.

The Irving Heritage Society’s vision :

A diverse community that values its past, celebrates its present, & embraces its future.

Mission Statement:

The Irving Heritage Society is a vibrant, intergenerational volunteer organization that:
ADVOCATES historic preservation
EDUCATES the community on its heritage
PRESERVES and accumulates local history


Heritage Spaces

After fire destroyed the original Parliament Building on February 3, 1916, the federal Minister of Public Works appointed two prominent Canadian architects, John A. Pearson and Joseph-Omer Marchand, to recommend an approach for the buildings reconstruction. Although the two architects had neither met nor worked together prior to their meeting in Ottawa, their collaboration proved very fruitful.

The architects were instructed to design a new building that would maintain the general character and Gothic Revival style of the original Parliament while providing more office space for Members of Parliament. Marchand was largely responsible for the new building's Beaux-Arts plan. Pearson assumed the role of main architect and provided all architectural details and decoration. In Pearson's words: "the general development of the original scheme of interior finish of the Chambers, public areas and corridors was adopted after careful study as befitting the dignity of the seat of Canada's Parliament."

In his design for the Centre Block, Pearson created over 40 "special rooms and areas", each possessing a distinctive appearance, yet harmonizing beautifully. The Heritage Spaces section covers the House of Commons Chamber and Foyer, as well as important public and ceremonial spaces such as Confederation Hall and the Hall of Honour, which have all been designed in the Gothic Revival style.


Lord Mayor criticised for ɺntagonising saga'

At Tuesday's council meeting, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the council received 44 submissions during the public consultation period that were all in support of the proposed planning law changes.

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"The purpose of the TLPI (temporary local planning instrument) and subsequent amendments is to prevent any additional or intensified development from occurring on the site of Lamb House," Cr Schrinner said.

"The amendment includes zoning changes and updates to overlay maps to protect the character and significant streetscape trees of Lamb House."

As well as preventing development, the amendments protect the large fig trees, wrought-iron gates and fence along Leopard Street from demolition or removal.

Council Opposition Leader Jared Cassidy criticised the council's processes and said the legislative changes should not have been necessary.

"The entire saga surrounding this important heritage property has been very, very sad and not a shred of empathy or support has been exercised by this LNP administration," he said.

"From the start, the Lord Mayor should have worked with the owner of this property to come to a peaceful resolution instead of antagonising the situation at each and every turn."

The amendments will now go back to the State Government for final approval.


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