The Walking Tour
We will start with two important buildings just
off the north end of the Mall, but seen as part of the historic
fabric of the Mall.
B. San Joaquin Light & Power, PG&E, and International Trade Center -
A. Pantages/Warnors Theater - 1928
1400 Fulton Street
Moorish Revival, B. Marcus Priteca, Architect.
A 1920's movie house palace design, the Pantage was a
vaudeville theater at first, but this was late for
vaudeville and it soon became a movie house. It is now back
to live performances. It has been called Moorish Revival,
but has elements of Baroque, Rococo and Greek. One of the
outstanding features is the Robert-Morton organ. The classic
dome adds to the beauty and to the acoustics for the organ.
1401 Fulton Street,
Classic Revival, R.F. Felchlin and Raymond R. Shaw, Architects
Describe as Beaux Arts Classic, this handsome
10-story building with its mansard, tile roof, ornate metalwork and
giant lighted sign looks even taller. It was the first
centrally-cooled building in Fresno.
Los Angeles. There are many commissions of
his throughout California as well as New York and Portland, Oregon.
The stately cranes are tastefully displayed among reeds and grasses,
which is appropriate for the valley where the marshlands still
protect them today.
1. "The Visit" - Bronze by
Clement Renzi, a former sculptor with extensive credentials.
He has studied at UC Berkley, New York, and Vienna. His
works are owned by the University of Virginia, Notre Dame,
Penn Academy of Arts, as well as elsewhere in Fresno and
surrounding valley towns. This one is visitor-friendly;
children like to climb up and sit in the ladies' lap.
2. "Rite of the Crane" - Bronze by Bruno Groth.
German born, he now lives in Trinidad,
|California. He has
had many one man shows: New
Chicago, San Francisco (de Young),
by James Lee Hansen, Vancouver, Washington. He taught at Oregon
State, UC Berkeley, Portland and has had numerous shows
and awards. Talos comes from Greek mythology. He was a man of brass
given by Zeus to King Minos of Crete as a watchman. Thus, the
watchman of the Mall.