Wednesday, June 5, 2013


~~ Slightly blurry - Would you believe I was going for an artistic look???~~

Saturday afternoon...  Relaxing under
one of Mrs. Chloe P. Jones' pepper trees,
and watching the world go by...


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Passing Through

~~Last November ~~
I took this photo around Thanksgiving this last year, as these two vehicles passed through our town's main intersection, at Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard.  Seems that Engine 41 is heading back to the fire station, while this classic yellow car (kind???) is heading toward some fun!

Monday, June 3, 2013

El Retiro Entrance

~~ One of El Retiro's two beautiful entrance posts ~~

El Retiro was built for Harry E.C. Webb.  Mr. Webb and his wife, Frarika (or Frankina, or Franka) were both from Maine, with Mrs. Webb being younger by ten years. 

Although the 1920 census shows no occupation for him, Mr. Webb lived in Los Angeles prior to coming to Sierra Madre, and was listed in a Los Angeles city directory as a "canmaker" from 1888, at the age of 27, through to 1891.  For much of the 1890's Harry worked for the Pioneer Roll Paper Company as a bookkeeper, and later a cashier.  He was listed as a salesman at one point, as well. 

Interestingly, his 1892 voter registration form listed him as 5'10 1/2", with gray eyes and dark hair.  Seems like Mr. Webb was a handsome fellow!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

El Retiro

According to the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society, El Retiro was built in 1911, and designed by architect T.M. Webster. 

Although I can't yet confirm that it is the same person, there is a T.M. Webster listed, along with C.J. Pegler, as a Vestry member, and one of the "movers and shakers" in the early days of Ascension Church

The home's furnishings were featured in a 1999 issue of American Bungalow magazine. 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Beauty of Decay

When I heard about this month's City Daily Photo theme, I immediately thought of this building.  I have always thought this to be one of the most interesting buildings in town.  I'm guessing it has a lot of good history to share.

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