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.


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.