Originally constructed in 1927 by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in the Mission Colonial/Spanish Colonial Revival style, Claremont Station is now a embarcation point for the Metrolink San Bernardino commuter rail line. The station, on First Street at the base of Harvard Avenue in Claremont Village is staffed by Foothill Transit (the local public transportation compan) and serves as a transfer point for bus riders.
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I liked the look of this building which is located at the corner of Greenleaf and Philadelphia in Whittier, California, and then the clock had me. For some reason street clocks seem to have a magnetic effect on me. When I viewed the initial HDR image it did not have the impact I wanted, I then created a pencil drawing of the image and overpainted that with colors based upon the tonal values of the original HDR, but more intense, then removed the pencil drawing layer and then blended the overpainted image with the original HDR image to achieve the final result. My overall objective was to bring out more character in the clock and the building. (Thursday’s image this week will depict the building in a more natural state.)
Sometime between 1913 and 1914 Dr. William G. Barks opened a combined optometry and jewelry business at 507 South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, California and erected the street clock manufactured by the Brown Street Clock Company. The clock was originally powered by a spring-wound clock mechanism that was subsequently converted to an electrical powered mechanism. In 1921 Glen L. Box (FKA Glen L. DeBoxx) bought the jewelry business and the street clock from Dr. Barks. In 1931 Box moved the business and the clock across the street to 518 South Myrtle Avenue; Glen L. Box died in 1951 and his widow, Ivah Box sold the store and clock to Shields Krutzsch, who then sold the store to Sam and Jeaneane Silverman in 1969. In 2002 the clock was declared Monrovia Landmark #32 and in 2003 the Silvermans transferred ownership of the clock to the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group.
The clock and various businesses on Myrtle Avenue have been a location of television and motion picture filming at various times due to it’s proximity to Hollywood and the overall small town period look of the businesses on the street. The city of Monrovia has done a great job rejuvenating the street-scape of its original town center which has attracted viable businesses such as merchandisers, service providers, and the food and beverage sector; attracting residents of the extended local area as a pleasant place to spend their time.
We had a great time capturing this image and the others to come in the blog this week while doing our photo walk on Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia on an early June evening.
A hat tip to the Monrovia Patch which was one of my sources for this post.
This is the Seth Thomas four-dial post street clock currently installed and operating at the corner of Mission Inn Avenue and Main Street in Riverside, California. It was originally manufactured and installed in Riverside in 1904. There was a Seth Thomas clock that pre-dated this one that was installed in Riverside in 1885 that used the Seth Thomas movement #15. I do not know if the first clock remains in existence.
The origins of the Seth Thomas clock go back to Seth Thomas (1785-1859) who had been building clocks in Thomaston (formerly Plymouth Hollow), Connecticut since 1814. After Thomas’ death in 1859, Aaron Thomas took control of the company and it grew to be one of the premier American clock manufacturers and was a major supplier of tower and street clocks during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Seth Thomas also made pocket watches in the same factory from 1884 to 1915.
I processed this image as usual in Lightroom and HDR Efex Pro, then converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2, toned it, and then attempted to reveal the color of the clock using a function of the control point tool in SEP2, but the software did not seem to be cooperating with me (maybe my toning threw it off). I then sandwiched the black and white, and full color images in Photoshop, and masked in the color on the clock.