4. "Aquarius Ovoid"
water fountain by George Tsutakawa, Seattle. He was on the
University of Washington art faculty since 1946, had over 50
major exhibits: international exhibits in Berlin;
Sao Paulo, Brazil; Portland; Denver; Oakland; San Francisco
and San Diego.
Aquarius means water carrier and Ovoid, oval
|shape. Thus. a fountain carrying water
through an oval.
C. Brix Building - 1922,
1221 Fulton Mall, Classic Revival, Eugene Mathewson, Architect,
Robert Von Ezdorf, Designer. Rehab Edwin S. Darden & Associates.
H.H. Brix, a German immigrant, came to homestead
in the Coalinga area. The Coalinga oil boom was on, and the black
gold proved more profitable than homesteading. He built several
buildings and a beautiful home in Fresno. This Brix Building was
built by his heirs after death.
Granite boulders by T. Newton Russell, Fresno artist,
essentially self taught. He had several shows at the Fresno
Art Museum and received various awards
|and commissions. His Mall sculpture is his most
Savings Building - 1921
1171 Fulton Mall, Classical Revival, Eugene Mathewson, Architect,
Robert Von Ezdordf, Designer, Remodel by Robert Stevens Associates.
The first building on the property was the
Fresno Water System in 1876, and there have been important buildings
ever since that time. In 1916, Andrew Mattie, Italian-Swiss
winemaker, bought the property for $55,000 and spent $1,200,000 on
the building which included a well, direct-current steam generators
with tunnels to the Andella (Crest theatre site), Kinema Theatre, Brix Building and Fresno Hotel. Mattie died in 1933. The bank
foreclosed and it had many owners until Guarantee Savings bought it
in 1961. They remodeled it and unfortunately destroyed some of the
classical details. If you look at it from the alley, you will see
the original classical columns and capitals.