City of Riverside California Metropolitan Museum

Front Drive...

FOUNTAIN     (Picture...)

The gardens for Riverside's prestigious late Victorian homes frequently featured a fountain. Large recirculating pumps for industrial purposes were available at that time, but not smaller ones that would serve such an ornamental residential use. These fountains then would either have an underground drain pipe that would send water that rose above a certain level in the ring-wall to landscaping at a lower elevation or the water would simply be allowed to overflow the ring-wall to irrigate surrounding plantings.

HITCHING POST     (Picture...)

Granite hitching posts were typical in Riverside in the late nineteenth century. The granite was locally quarried.

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