Landmark Plaque Text
|Samuel A. Ames was the first owner of this Queen Anne style residence. Born in Boston in 1832, Mr. Ames worked as a Pony Express rider in the southwest before coming to Riverside in 1878 and prospering in citriculture. The house is best known for long-time owners Mr. And Mrs. John R. Westbrook, who lived there from 1919 to 1943. Mr. Westbrook helped establish Riverside’s Franzen Brothers Hardware Store at 3730 Main Street, which later became the J.R. Westbrook Company, one of Riverside’s finest stores specializing in hardware and china.
This Queen Anne style residence was built by grove owner Samuel A. Ames in 1888. It is best known for long-time owners Mr. and Mrs. John R. Westbrook. John helped establish Riverside’s Franzen Brothers Hardware Store, which later became J.R. Westbrook Company.
Unfortunately this gorgeous home is not available for tours is owned privately, it is still a stunner you must drive by to appreciate. One of the most beautiful Victorian properties, located at 4811 Brockton Ave, Riverside, CA, I have seen as it has a lovely grapevine covered walkway and a cement stage in the front for entertainment. I can only imagine the wonderful parties that have happened in the past.
Riverside is rich with history and I suggest for you to go on the annual vintage home tour. The Ames-Westbrook has been one of the homes allowed to tour but I am not sure if it will be covered this year as it was recently purchased by new owners.
The information for this can be found here: http://www.oldriverside.org/ORF_Events.html#vintage
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., grounds close at 5:00 p.m.
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|Children Ages 5-12
|Children under 5
This is a lovely place to visit for the gardens obviously but there is an on site Queen Anne Victorian you can tour as well as the original Santa Anita Train Depot which gives you a chance to step back into time.
One thing I definitely suggest is bring some bread or crackers because there is peacocks everywhere and they are friendly. This is a great place to spend the day and just enjoy Southern California’s beautiful weather and experience nature at its best.
There is an upcoming event if you need additional reasons to go: