YWCA (Riverside, California)

Riverside Art Museum is an art museum in the historic Mission Inn District of Riverside, California. A non-profit organization, its mission is "to serve the varied communities of the Inland Empire by providing visual art of the finest quality and related educational and interpretive programs."The building originally served the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 13, 2009.HistoryIn 1929, the Riverside YWCA selected the corner of 7th and Lime Streets as the site for its new building. The association's directors hired architect Julia Morgan to design the building over the objections of Frank Miller of the Mission Inn, who wanted an architect who would design the building in the Mission Revival Style architecture. Morgan used the Mediterranean Revival and Classical Revival styles in composing the design.In 1960, the Riverside Art Center began fundraising to purchase the YWCA building, which had recently come onto the market. On July 5, 1967, the YWCA officially sold the building to the Riverside Arts Center for $250,000.

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