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Restoration Grants Available

The Old Riverside Foundation will be awarding two grants this year of up to $1000 each to assist members with their restoration projects. Grant applications will be accepted between February 1, 2017 and July 1, 2017. We encourage all members with planned restoration projects to apply for these generous grants.

Grants are for projects that restore, improve, rehabilitate, or preserve the structure. The structure must have been constructed before 1967. The restoration shall use the guidelines in the City of Riverside’s “Rehab Riverside Right” pamphlet. These guidelines are available from ORF or online at: www.riversideca.gov/historic/pdf/rrrentire.pdf

We have been asked if the grant can be used for interior improvements. Yes, so long as the improvements are for restoration and rehabilitation, such as re-plastering ceilings and walls, restoring doors and windows, etc. ORF will not award grants for the purchase of appliances or plumbing fixtures.

If you have any questions regarding the grant program, or would like an application, please contact ORF Treasurer Michael Gentile via email at: grants@oldriverside.org

You may also reach us by mail:
Old Riverside Foundation
P.O. Box 601
Riverside, CA 92502

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Vintage Home Tour & Restoration Faire


Home Tour 2017: May 20, 2017 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: hometour@oldriverside.org

Each year, Old Riverside Foundation features fine examples of the many styles of architecture prevalent in Riverside at the height of its prosperity. Different homes are open each year to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of Riversiders from different eras. The annual event is held in May on the Saturday following Mother's Day.

In addition to the opportunity to tour some of Riverside's beautiful vintage homes, the Restoration Faire features a tour of the Old Riverside Foundation's freshly restored headquarters — the Peter J. Weber House — and a host of booths featuring antiques, crafts, restoration services, and salvage items for your home and garden.

26th Annual Vintage Home Tour & Restoration Faire
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017 | Time: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Tickets will be available for purchase beginning April 2017.

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Twelfth Night

Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, and sponsored our 2017 event. This holiday event supports preservation while highlighting Riverside’s historic neighborhoods. For photos from the 2017 event, click here.

Be sure to keep an eye out later in 2017 for ticket information on the January 6, 2018 event.

About Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a traditional Christmas celebration, steeped in history and tradition in many European countries. The early European settlers of the United States naturally brought many of the traditions of their home countries with them, including all the celebrations of the winter and Christmas season. In the same manner, early residents of Riverside (incorporated in 1883) established the traditions of their day, so a Victorian Twelfth Night became one of Riverside's early celebrations. Ironically, back in the 1870's era Victorian England, Queen Victoria had banned Twelfth Night as a feast day because it had become a time of mischief and over indulgence rather than a religious celebration.

The Old Riverside Foundation has brought back the tradition with some of the old feel and some newer ideas. Traditionally, Twelfth Night is on January 5th (the 12th day after Christmas), and has for centuries been the culmination of the 12-day Christmas season (thus the Twelve Days of Christmas holiday song). Guests are encouraged to join in the spirit of Riverside's original Twelfth Night Celebrations by wearing period dress or semi-formal attire.

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2016: October 16, 2016 (in conjunction with Annual Awards)
Location: Benedict Castle (5445 Chicago Avenue, Riverside)
Time: 4 p.m.
Contact: president@oldriverside.org

Open to ORF members, this important afternoon lunch meeting is where members hear a report of the Foundation's activities, hear a featured speaker, and vote on the Board of Directors.

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Awards Presentation & Reception

annual awards

Awards 2016: October 16, 2016 (in conjunction with Annual Meeting)
Location: Benedict Castle (5445 Chicago Avenue, Riverside)
Time: 4 p.m.
Contact: awards@oldriverside.org

An afternoon event that showcases some of the year's best public, commercial and private historic preservation projects in Riverside County. Every year, the Old Riverside Foundation honors painstaking restoration, diligent maintenance, and good adaptive reuse through its annual Awards Presentation & Reception.

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Old Riverside Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the built environment in Riverside County, California. Our Facebook page has more information, or visit our Advocacy page.

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