Join us this week as we visit with Steve Lech, historian and docent with the Mission Inn Foundation, to learn about that hotel’s rich history, which dates back more than a century. We’ll also talk with Erin Gettis, Principal Planner and City Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Riverside, about Riverside’s great mid-century modern architecture, and the recent public policy decisions that foster its preservation.

We’ll also discuss: Modesto’s modernist architecture, radio feature on proto-hard-boiled author Jim Tully and the L.A. Conservancy advocates for preserving the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as a working theater. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of November 24th.

Photo: Desert Building, 6851 Magnolia Ave, Riverside California (1955)

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Holiday sale on Esotouric gift certificates (through December 24).

Mission Inn Foundation & Museum website.

Erin Gettis’ hosts YouTube tours of historic Riverside sites.

Riverside Modernism Context Statement (PDF file).

Historic preservation in Riverside resource page.

http://www.riversideca.gov/historic/

CityLab story on Modesto’s modernism.

Modesto Art Museum guide to the city’s modern architecture.

Jim Tully, father of hard-boiled fiction story on Off-Ramp, and our 2012 contribution to Tullyfest.

Adrian Scott Fine’s (L.A. Conservancy) op-ed on preserving the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

Barry Day's Raymond Chandler book release event.

January's arson-themed forensic science seminar.