The Garner House in Memorial Park is home to Claremont Heritage. Herman and Bess Garner built the Spanish Colonial Revival house in 1926 and lived here with their three sons for many years. At the time with 5000 square feet, the home was one of the largest residences in town with exemplary wrought ironwork, oak and cork flooring and a complex, interesting floor plan. Under the care of Claremont Heritage, the house has become the city’s center for historic programs.
The Mission Revival-Spanish Colonial Revival style depot was built in 1927 by Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The station was renovated at a cost of $2.8 million and reopened for Metrolink use on December 7, 1992.The interior now also houses the Claremont Museum of Art.
“Ben D. Bollinger’s Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater provides patrons with a dinner theater and musicals for a theatrical experience the caliber of the Broadway shows in downtown LA – without the freeway or parking dilemmas. The gourmet food prepared by the executive chef and served by his formal wait staff ranks the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater as a fine food restaurant that rivals any fine dining establishment in the region.
The Russian Village District comprises 15 folk architecture style houses built during the Great Depression. The historic district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 because of the unique nature of the folk architecture and the social and economic setting that allowed for these houses to be built.
Opening in fall 2020, Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College (“The Benton”) will provide a space for some of Southern California’s most compelling and experimental exhibitions. For decades, Pomona College has played a key part in shaping innovative artists, including Helen Pashgian, James Turrell, Peter Shelton, the late Marcia Hafif and the late Chris Burden. The Benton’s collection will include pieces from these alumni, and future exhibitions will place emphasis on cutting-edge art in the Los Angeles region.
Featured in Westways, this “secret garden” was originally designed as a European medieval-style cloister garden and is a favorite destination on the Scripps campus. There are olive and orange trees and interior arcades, one of which is covered by an enormous wisteria vine. On one wall, you’ll find a fresco painted in 1946 by Mexican muralist Alfredo Ramos Martinez.
Called “one of the best works of public art in recent memory” by the Los Angeles Times, “Dividing the Light” gathers visitors on benches beneath a canopy that frames a window to the sky. At dusk and dawn a lighting program bathes the canopy in changing colors, from goldenrod to turquoise, altering the viewer’s perception of the sky. A shallow pool centered beneath the opening to the sky mirrors the daytime sky and reflects a dark echo of the night sky. Visit at 10 minutes before sunset and one hour before sunrise for the complete light show.
The Claremont Colleges are a consortium of seven, highly selective institutions of higher education, all within walking distance of each other. Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pomona, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges are among the nation’s top-ranked liberal arts schools. The campuses boast beautiful historical architecture, lavish lawns and numerous examples of public art. Check the Claremont Colleges calendar at http://www.collegescalendar.org/ for stimulating presentations, musical productions, art exhibits and other events.
Dinosaur lovers can discover artifacts of the ancient giants at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, the only nationally accredited museum located on a high school campus in the United States. The museum has two circular exhibit areas totaling 4,000 square feet: the Hall of Footprints and the Hall of Life. The fossil track and trackway collection is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California native plants, displaying about 2,000 taxa of California plants spread across 86 acres, including plants native to the California Floristic Province as a whole – from southern Oregon to Baja California. In addition to being able to stroll the garden’s pretty pathways, visitors can walk among butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion, May through August, and enjoy music and brews on select summer evenings.