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Old Fresno Water Tower

Old Fresno Water Tower
Made by Richard Johnstone
The Old Fresno Water Tower is located at Fresno and O Streets in downtown Fresno. Built in the American Romanesque style, it stands 109 feet high, with a storage capacity of 250,000 gallons in its water tank. It is constructed of red brick, each layer smaller than the one below it, to produce a beehive effect. It also has a two-foot thick inner wall, and an outer wall of about fourteen inches. There is a passage, or hollow space, about three feet wide between the two walls. The outside of the tower has a painted surface over the brick construction. George Washington Maher, a Chicago architect, was commissioned to design Fresno's water tower in 1891. Completed in 1894, it was in constant use until 1963, when the pumping machinery was no longer adequate. The original design called for a library on the second and third floors, but it was never installed. For several years the first floor was used as a parking meter repair facility. In 2001 the second floor was removed and the interior of the tower remodeled to become the visitors' center for the City and County of Fresno. As part of this remodeling a landscaped plaza and separate restroom building were built adjacent to the tower. The water tower today remains Fresno's most distinctive and enduring architectural symbol. from: historicfresno.org/nrhp/wtrtwr.htm

Garage 7 - horizontal

Garage 7 - horizontal
Made by SouthernBreeze
Built in 1969, AKA the Spiral Garage, this downtown Fresno, CA public parking deck has a unique mid-century modern design. Most photographs I've seen of it are rather humdrum, because most have the SAME perspective. While it is uniquely attractive architecturally, I purposed that I would NOT look at it the same way others have. I would bring a NEW perspective to it. Corner of Van Ness Avenue (800 block) x Inyo Street (2100 block) Parking Garage #7, also known as the Spiral Garage, is located at 801 Van Ness Avenue at the corner of Van Ness and Inyo Avenues. This garage is unique in design, featuring separate spiral entrances and exits to avoid cross traffic. This allows for quick access whether coming or going. Monthly permits area available for this garage through Ace Parking. This garage features 4 levels and has 587 stalls with 15 disabled spaces. This garage supports the Fulton Mall and County Courthouse, and is favored by visitors of Chukchansi Park because of its location. Fresno City gov't parking resource/reference: www.fresno.gov/NR/rdonlyres/6F3DE3D3-B923-41E4-8A39-51B3C...

Broadway Street - Fresno

Broadway Street - Fresno
Made by vintagefresno
There is only one building left standing today (2007) in this photo from around 1920. And even that building, the Hotel Fresno, is threatened, the city would like it torn down. Because we really need another surface parking lot. Heck, even the street itself doesn't exist! All torn down to remove blight. Broadway was once Highway 99 as it passed through Fresno. It also was Fresno's red light district. It was also home to the former city hall (later police headquarters) and the old Carnegie Library. All torn down for surface parking lots!!!

Tulare Street & Van Ness Ave at Night - Fresno, CA (circa 1910)

Tulare Street & Van Ness Ave at Night - Fresno, CA (circa 1910)
Made by vintagefresno
Virtually everything in this picture has been torn down. A portion of the Patterson Block building (first floor) still remains, but has been so heavily altered that you couldn't tell it was the same building. The building in the foreground on the right (the old US Courthouse and Post Office) is now the site of the Club One Casino. On the left, the building with the curved front and orange awnings is a vacant lot. It was torn down in 2003.

shuttlebugz

shuttlebugz
Made by ( kurtz )
Website promo photos for Joe Burke(pictured, in black)'s new pedicab company, Shuttlebugz (www.shuttlebugz.com), which I now part-time for. I'm averaging an extra 15-22 miles per shift, which will hopefully make me either a stronger hill climber, faster sprinter, force more endurance, or hopefully a combo of all 3. Photos taken at Fresno's Buddhist Temple off Kern Street, during their annual holiday.

relic

relic
Made by Frozen Coffee
This is what remains of an original electric streetcar that served Fresno until the tracks were removed in the 1920s or 30s. According to the friendly gentleman who showed me around the site, it has since served as a hot dog stand for many decades at this location in southern Fresno's industrial area. It is being restored into a hot dog stand/diner yet again. Sorry, couldn't get a better shot.

20070223 Rainbow Ballroom

20070223 Rainbow Ballroom
Made by Tom Spaulding
Large. Here it is by day: The historic Rainbow Ballroom began as a big band dance hall in the 1930s and '40s, hosted numerous social events in the '50s and '60s and went through a big band resurgence in the 1970s when Harry James, Woody Herman and Les Brown brought their jazz groups to town. --Fresno Bee 12/20/1996

Fresno - The Victory Cafe

Fresno - The Victory Cafe
Made by Richard Harrison
I usually don't comment on my pictures. I feel they should talk for themselves, but this one is rather special. Everybody here was having a good visit outside the store and inside in the back room the ladies were preparing lunch. I liked this place, everybody had time for what was happening - even an intruder with a camera! Nobody moved, turned or changed anything they were doing.

Azteca Theater

Azteca Theater
Made by Richard Harrison
This is a test shot with my new toy. A Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-27 10 MP camera. I wanted a camera that I could carry very easy - how I got to here from Nikon is a long story. I have the contrast and sharpness ratcheted up here so need to make some adjustments. (Still using my Nikon - this is my play camera.) Look at the owl on the Marquee and then look at the next picture.

Mingle/Starr

Mingle/Starr
Made by El Cobrador
I found this classic brick freight house in Fresno's old industrial district (adjacent to downtown). There are many interesting old industrial buildings in this area. To the left in this photo is the railcar loading dock; the truck docks are on the opposite side. This building is like something straight out of a Walthers catalog (for those model railroaders out there).

Warped Tour '06 - Fresno

Warped Tour '06 - Fresno
Made by tiamat0281
Kendra arm-wrestling the string of men J-Lo lined up after she kicked his ass. Inexplicably, this is logarithmically the most popular of my flickr photos. I cannot account for its popularity in the quality of the shot, and so I must presume it is attributable to Miss Kendra, and her beastly pipes. She did lose this match, but I've seen her win against two other men.

White Theatre (?), Fresno, CA - 1930

White Theatre (?), Fresno, CA - 1930
Made by Brad Smith
White Theatre (?), Fresno, California – August 31, 1930. On the bill -- Lon Chaney and Lila Lee in “The Unholy 3” and on stage Sal Love, Barto and Mann, and the Quillan Family. Photo by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

wyeth envy

wyeth envy
Made by ( kurtz )
a Test shot for a future series of photos. this would have looked better if i had brought a printout of 'Christina's World' as a visual guide and if i didn't get lazy w/ paintshop pro to ghettoize an HDR lookalike. and i need a generator for dual 500w constuction lights. or at least a real slave flash kit.

Fresno Downtown late 60's early 70's

Fresno Downtown late 60's early 70's
Made by vintagefresno
This is a tremendously interesting photo of Fresno's Fulton Mall area, from (I would guess) the early 1970's. See the notes. There's an earlier photo from right after the mall opened, from the same vantage point. A lot of the neon which once graced Fulton is already gone. Note how busy the mall seems at 3:18pm.

Wig-wag

Wig-wag
Made by Frozen Coffee
Documenting one of the very few remaining railroad crossing signals of this type, nicknamed wig-wags. At the intersection of Fulton and Hamilton in southern Fresno. There are at least two more wig-wags in this area, and I hope to be able to document them too, hopefully while wigging, or wagging.

Broadway and Stanislaus

Broadway and Stanislaus
Made by Richard Harrison
Taken in the rain and enhanced for mood! This picture has modifications. Sky darkened. Top green light moved towards center of picture. Building lightened. Pavement darkened. Edges burned down. Other than all that it is mostly original! Drive by on April 20, 2008: Building has been demolished!

20070223 Rainbow Ballroom

20070223 Rainbow Ballroom
Made by Tom Spaulding
The historic Rainbow Ballroom began as a big band dance hall in the 1930s and '40s, hosted numerous social events in the '50s and '60s and went through a big band resurgence in the 1970s when Harry James, Woody Herman and Les Brown brought their jazz groups to town. --Fresno Bee 12/20/1996

Fresno Streetcar

Fresno Streetcar
Made by Frozen Coffee
This is supposedly a remaining original Fresno streetcar from way-back-when. After the streetcar service ended, this car and its trailer served as a hot-dog stand for many decades, at this location on South Cherry Ave. between Broadway and Los Angeles St. Earlier picture .

Original Fresno Water Tower

Original Fresno Water Tower
Made by Dusty_73
This very interesting structure was the original Fresno water tower. It was built in the late 1800's and has been fully restored. It now houses a visitors center. It's not only an interesting structure, but I think it's a beautiful one, too. It is located downtown.

Fresno, California

Fresno, California
Made by desertcrops
Arthur V. A. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License



Nearest places of interest:

Basque Hotel (1922)
First Mexican Baptist Church (1924)
Hotel Fresno (1913)
Matsen Towers
  San Joaquin Light & Power Corporation Building (1924)
Pantages Theatre (1929) (Warnors Theather)
Parker Nash Building (1913, 1934)
Fresno Bee Building (1922) / Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, History, and Science

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