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Chaffey-Isle House, 5490 Etiwanda Avenue, Rancho Curamenga, San Bernardino County, CA



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Item Title
BWPhotos 325298

Location
5490 Etiwanda Avenue, Rancho Curamenga, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2677
Significance: One of the oldest surviving buildings from the origins of the Etiwanda Colony, the Chaffey/Isle House is significant historically and architecturally. The house was built in 1883 by George Chaffey, Jr., one of the founders of the Etiwanda Colony. As a result of Chaffey's engineering and leadership, the Etiwanda Colony was the site of significant firsts in Southern California, including the first development of hydro-electric current, the first house and community to be lighted with electricity, the first successful mutual water company, the first irrigation project to use underground concrete pipe, and the first long distance telephone. Not long after Chaffey departed for Australia, the house was purchased by James C. Isle, who moved it on log rollers to its present location. Isle achieved local prominence as a large-scale citrus producer and a founder of the Etiwanda Foothill Citrus Association. Architecturally, the house is an excellent example of an 1880s Second Empire residence constructed on a small scale. Although somewhat deteriorated, the building still represents its type and period, and is one of the rare surviving examples of a Mansard-roofed building in Southern California.

Subjects
Houses


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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