A.K. SMILEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Albert K. Smiley, a leader of the city’s library movement, donated this building and park to the citizens of Redlands in 1898. Through his generosity, Redlands was given one of California’s few privately funded libraries of that era. In 1906, he also contributed a wing, built to blend with the original design for this outstanding Mission Revival library.
LINCOLN MEMORIAL SHRINE
Robert Watchorn, a part-time Redlands resident, donated the shrine to the city. On May 6, 1931, Watchorn signed a document with the city, agreeing to pay $60,000 for the construction of the shrine. He also agreed to donate a bust of Lincoln by sculptor George Grey Bernard and his collection of Lincoln and Civil War books, manuscripts and artifacts. In the document, the city agreed to maintain the shrine. Construction began in June 1931. The one-room, octagonal shrine was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey and was built by A. E. Taylor and Sons of Redlands. Grey got muralist Dean Cornwell to paint the mural on the ceiling of the room. Cornwell was known for his murals at the Los Angeles Public Library.
In 1901 Redlands called itself “The Land of Flowers” and “The Naval Orange Capital of the World.” It was William McKinley’s protective tariffs that kept the foreign oranges out of America and made Redlands wealthy. When the President passed through Redlands on May 8 he was treated like a hero. Four months later he was dead, shot by a crazed anarchist.
Exactly two years after McKinley’s arrival, Teddy Roosevelt, came to town and unveiled a memorial bust of McKinley atop a granite pedestal, engraved: “Patriot, Statesman, Martyr.” The head was sheltered beneath a fancy stone canopy supported by columns. The canopy and columns have since disappeared.
REDLANDS CITY HALL
• El Camino Real
• National Historic Site (94001487)
Redlands received its last New Deal building, the new City Hall (currently the police department), in 1941. Its interior contains wood parquetry murals depicting theme sin the history of Redlands, created by artist Arnold Brasz and funded by the WPA and the Federal Art Project.