The 2018 Historic Preservation Fortnight wrapped up May 29, and once again everyone agreed it was a great success. This year’s theme was “Down to the Station – Railroad Focused Development Around the Turn of the Last Century in Southern California.”
Over two weeks, five events, sponsored by Redlands Conservancy and Redlands Area Historical Society, focused attention on the benefits of historic preservation in our town:
Monday, May 14, 6-7:30 – Fortnight Reception – At historic Santa Fe Depot on Orange Street:
Announcement of 2018 Adaptive Reuse Award winner and introductions of new Club 125 Inductees
Saturday, May 19, 9am – Tour of Historic Santa Fe Depot District – With local historian, Tom Atchley:
Beginning at the depot, Atchley tookparticipants through the National Register district that surrounds the 1909 depot building.
Thursday, May 24, 5:30 – Program at Redlands Forum, presented by Nathan Gonzales
Saturday, May 26, – Field Trip and tour of Metrolink train stations:
Participants toured two historic train stations – the Santa Fe Station, and the Claremont Station – along the Metrolink route to learn about their history and their impact on the neighboring development.
Sunday, May 27, 9am – Fortnight 5K – Walking the tracks in Redlands:
Gathering at the Santa Fe Depot, participants walked the 5K route east to the location of the University of Redlands future train stop before returning, following a guidebook featuring details of the history of sites along the route.
The Redlands Historic Preservation Fortnight has become an important series of events in Redlands, focusing on the forever value of the structures and sites that contribute to the character of Redlands.
Planning has already begun for the 2019 Fortnight! Be watching for more details early in 2019.