Mario’s Place is an upscale Italian restaurant in the center of town in Riverside, California. The Mission Inn is across the street and the building in the left foreground is the former Riverside City Hall. Mario’s is not the kind of place that you go to enjoy red and white checkered table cloths, and spaghetti and meatballs. In addition to fine dining Mario’s features live musical acts and has a DJ spinning tunes in a club space that you get to through the alleyway that the building abuts in this image.
While the painting on the side of the building is an eye catcher I was also interested in the detailing on both building facades, which give me an overall feeling of being in an earlier, less technologically complex era. There are quite a few interesting structures around Riverside from the past and the city has done an excellent job of preserving their architectural history. I plan to spend more time in the future roving around Riverside capturing images and visiting the California Museum of Photography which is operated by the University of California Riverside and is only about three blocks from this site.