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Pitzer Ranch, Garage, 4353 Towne Avenue, Claremont, Los Angeles County, CA



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Item Title
Pitzer Ranch, Garage, 4353 Towne Avenue, Claremont, Los Angeles County, CA

Location
4353 Towne Avenue, Claremont, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2267-B
Significance: The Pitzer-Peairs Garage is part of the Pitzer Ranch Complex consisting of the Foreman's Residence, water tower, shed, stone barn, concrete reservoir, pump-house, and secondary house on Padua Avenue and the Pitzer-Peairs House and stone wall on Towne Avenue. The Garage is associated with the Pitzer-Peairs House which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The large fieldstone garage is located to the rear of the house and was built about the same time as the main house. It has served as a garage, a foreman's cottage, and a storage building. The Pitzer-Peairs Garage is both architecturally and historically significant. The garage is recognized in design due to the use of fieldstone and conformance to its surrounding rustic setting. The architect, Robert H. Orr and the original owner, Lee C. Pitzer, chose fieldstone to utilize local materials and to blend with the rustic environment. Claremont has an abundance of stone from the surrounding hills and mountains due to the City's location on an alluvial fan. Builders in early Claremont used fieldstone in the construction of housing and for decorative features. It was a convenient building material as fields had to be cleared of stone for cultivation. Most of the all stone structures are located in north Claremont. The Pitzer-Peairs Garage is associated with the agricultural heritage of the City of Claremont and Southern California. The garage was constructed during the period of early settlement and exploration of the citrus-producing land on Base Line Road and changing use of natural resources in the region. A portion of the structure was used as the foreman's quarters. The Pitzer-Peairs Garage has strong ties to families important to the settlement of Claremont. Samuel Pitzer was a pioneer developer of the citrus industry. His sons, Grant, Lee C., and Russell Pitzer also helped to establish the citrus industry in the Pomona Valley, specifically Claremont. The house has had only three owners: Lee C. and Blanche Pitzer, Maurice and Adele Peairs, and John and Pat Hodges (current owners).

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Front (south) and side (east) facade.
2. Rear (north) and side (west) facade.
3. Side (west) and front (south) facade.


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