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Pitzer Ranch, Foreman's Residence, 926 East Base Line Road, Claremont, Los Angeles County, CA



B&W Photos

HB136012
North Front And West Side.

HB136012
North Front And West Side.

HB136015
East Side.

HB136015
East Side.

HB136017

HB136017

HB136019

HB136019

HB136021

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Location
926 East Base Line Road, Claremont, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2267-D
Building/structure dates: 1915 initial construction
Significance: The Foreman's residence is part of the Pitzer Ranch Complex consisting of the water tower, shed, stone barn, concrete reservoir, and secondary house on Padua Avenue and the Pitzer House, stone garage, and stone wall on Towne Avenue. The Pitzer Ranch Complex is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The original owner of the land and some of the structures was James Becket. Becket owned most of the water rights in the area (The Consolidated Water Company) and orchards throughout the area. Water rights were claimed on a first-com-first-served basis. Lee Pitzer married James Becket's daughter on January 1, 1901 and subsequently took ownership of the property and structures of the Pitzer Ranch Complex on Padua Avenue in approximately 1910. Lee Pitzer expanded the development of citrus orchards in the area. Pitzer was the first to grow lemons along Base Line Road. Lee Pitzer was the brother of Russell Pitzer, founder of Pitzer College in Claremont, California. The residence was constructed in approximately 1915. It was built for use by the foreman who would oversee the Pitzer family citrus groves. Mr. Pete Zosso was a long-term renter of the house. The residence remained under the ownership of the Pitzer family from the 1910s until the mid-1980s. The Foreman's residence is most significant for its relationship to the Pitzer family and their role in the establishment and development of citrus groves and educational facilities in the City of Claremont. The residence is a Craftsman bungalow two-story structure of uncut native fieldstone and clapboard siding. The residence is a good example of early farm houses from the 1910s.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. North front; front porch detail.
2. North front and west side.
3. West side.
4. South back; showing adjacent associated shed structure.
5. East side.


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