Tressa Luella Schaefer was born in Minnesota in 1896. She eventually ended up in Southern California, where she created a whimsical assemblage of structures and sculptures built out of recycled glass. Tressa died in 1988 and soon afterwards, her folk art "village" was badly damaged in the Northridge quake. Listed on the National Register, Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village is under active management and protection by a nonprofit organization.
The War to End All Wars
The quote to the left, from Abraham Lincoln, shows the iconic words, "We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation under god shall have a new birth of
freedom." To the right is the depiction of a naval battleship and a teak deck. The Memorial Auditorium, originally conceived as a memorial to the first World War was finally completed at the dawn of the Second World War.
Deco-Moderne Terrace Cafe
Worcester Memorial Auditorium
Though the performance space was originally conceived to memorialize WWI, it wasn't constructed until the dawn of WWII. It housed what was the world's largest mural, painted by artist Leon Kroll. Most recently the auditorium was a filming location for the motion picture, American Hustle.
Charles Maroot - Mural of an Obscure Fresno Sign Painter
"Chas," as he was known was a sign painter who lived in Fresno with his wife Mariam at 421 Van Ness Avenue, just a few blocks from this now-abandoned hotel. The painting appears to have been painted in 1927, though the hotel itself was built in 1913. The Hotel Fresno was at one time among the grandest hotels in Fresno. It catered to the city's social elite and was the social center of Fresno. It has been a subject of controversy in the city recently; while locals want it demolished, the owner has big plans to turn it into offices and mixed retail.
Flour Portal - Keep it Closed!
Hand Pointing at Switch
Julia Morgan Pool
Executive Conference Rooom
Wall-size Steel-Making Image
At the Bethlehem Steel General Offices in Bethlehem, PA.