Images & Observations

The Annex

Another Time


Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 62mm ISO 400 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1; SEP2

Across Sixth Street from the back side of the hotel, sits the Mission Inn Annex in Riverside, California.  As reported in the Riverside Press Enterprise:

The crumbling brick structure behind Riverside’s historic Mission Inn has housed staff and servants, a series of shops, and finally storage, but it has been largely unused for years.

Built in two sections in 1913 and 1926, the annex began as living quarters for first female [which may explain the foot bridge over the street connecting the annex to the hotel and keeping female staff isolated from the street] and then male inn workers. The upper floors were used by the private staff — butlers and maids — of inn guests, said Kevin Hallaran, an archivist for the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

Now the Mission Inn annex is being considered for a makeover. Riverside city officials are interested in turning the annex into conference space to complement the planned expansion of the nearby convention center.

The building facade is beautiful, however it seems the interior is crumbling and is far from being up to code.  The city of Riverside seems to be well attuned to its architectural heritage and I hope they can rehabilitate this structure.  Worth noting are the rounded arches creating a colonnade along the front of the building’s perimeter, mimicking the arches in the Spanish/Mission Revival architecture of the Mission Inn across the street.  You will find this arch motif in other period structures throughout downtown Riverside.

After initial processing of this image I spent some time working with the color version and tweaking it using Nik’s Color Efex Pro, but in the end decided that it might work better without the full color spectrum and converted it with Nik’s Silver Efex Pro.  I darkened the automobiles and brought their clarity down, while simultaneously pushing up the detail in the building facade, applied a sepia tone, added vignetting and added the burned edges of the border, all to bring the image back to its period in time.

10 responses

  1. Nice treatment to this shot, Wayne. Looks old, which I think was what you were going for reading your story.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    • Thanks, Jan. Yes, trying to convince the viewer that those contemporary automobiles are not there. 😉

      June 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM

  2. ken bello

    Another interesting building with an interesting story, well told. You’re right about darkening the cars, they are a bit of a distraction for the building. Maybe you could move them next time. I like your choice of processing but it doesn’t look sepia to me. I’m showing it with a muted, greenish cast rather than sepia (a brown/beige tone). Is it me or is Color Efix Pro taking liberties?

    June 27, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    • Thanks, Ken. Looks sepia to me on my monitor, maybe one of us needs to get our monitor calibrated.

      June 27, 2011 at 8:49 AM

  3. Wow, I really love the processing on this shot Wayne! Great work.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM

  4. Thanks, Jason. I guess it turned out OK, it sure did not have as much impact, in my opinion, when it was in full color.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM

  5. definitely feels like a scanned old photo if you squint the cars away. excellent treatment.

    July 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM

  6. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by, Kathy. I see you have some nice automotive images on your blog. I’ll be posting automotive images here the week after next, I’d love to have your feedback.

    July 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

  7. Nice processing on this one. Even with the cars, looks good. Frame works well also.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    • Thanks, Aaron. I appreciate the comment.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM

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