The mission of Claremont Heritage is to advance, preserve and celebrate the historic architectural, natural and cultural resources of our community through collaboration, education and advocacy.
There are a number of iconic buildings that Claremont Heritage has helped to save for future generations to enjoy. One of the most historic is the Santa Fe Train Station Depot. Claremont was founded in 1887 in part by the Santa Fe Railroad. In 1927, the Station was rebuilt to a spectacular Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. One of the most distinctive architectural features of the station is the majestic doors and transom that predominate the height of the building. As the brass plaque outside the doors states: the doors were commissioned by Santa Fe Railroad with a design that showed their cross and circle logo.
We have helped to save the College Heights Lemon Packing House at 520 W. First Street, a symbol of our long and prosperous years as a center of the citrus industry. Threatened with demolition just a few years ago, our members wrote letters, appeared at hearings and convinced city leaders to ask for proposals from developers. A local firm, Arteco, run by the Tessier family, rose to the challenge and has rehabilitated it with live-work lofts, retail and restaurant spaces.