ENCORE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS – RIVERSIDE
The downtown Riverside canvas that houses our Encore campus gives our students the opportunity to take in their education in a collegiate atmosphere.
Encore’s Riverside campus is an open campus. This means that students have the eclectic streets of downtown Riverside as their school quad. They have the opportunity to eat at many of the food establishments located on the pedestrian mall. This beautiful backdrop gives our students an advantage with opportunities for a full library, art museum, metropolitan museum and special events at the Fox Theater. Riverside is the city of Arts and Innovation and Encore is located within Riverside’s Arts Block.
Encore has a ten minute block between classes so students can walk on the approved paths within the 3/10 mile span between buildings. There are six buildings that currently make up the Riverside campus.
The Historic Walling Building, 3800 Main Street –
This building serves as the main office on the third floor.
The first floor serves as the school’s student union.
Historically, this building was built in 1911 an was the site of Riverside First National Bank. — Designed by architects John Parkinson (L.A. City Hall) and George Edwin Bergstrom (The Pentagon), the 4-story Italianate-styled bank building includes recessed windows and an elaborate cornice with decorative brackets and deep overhang. A 1958 remodel by Welton-Beckett for Security (Pacific) First National Bank added marble and byzantine tile designs on the lower exterior. The remodel also added a thin sign marquee and projecting slab hoods over the entrances.
The Historic Roosevelt Building, 3638 University Avenue –
The second floor of this historic building will serve as ten classrooms for junior high academic classes once construction is completed.
Historically this building was built in 1903 — Designed by the Los Angeles firm of Burnham & Bliesner, the Italianate-styled building was named for President Theodore Roosevelt, who visited Riverside in 1903. The front façade is topped by an arcaded corbel cornice with decorative shell and flower designs. Eight windows on the second level and a continuous rectangular window with arched wooden dividers unify the building’s storefronts.
The Historic Life Arts Center, 3485 University Avenue –
The basement of the building serves as a unique space for many of the performing arts conservatory classes and physical education.
Historically, this building was built in 1909. It was initially used as a YMCA. — Designed by architect Arthur B. Benton, the three-level Italian Renaissance Palazzo-styled structure was originally built for the YMCA, which occupied the building until 1968. The semicircular brick patterns emphasize the building’s arched windows. A small central courtyard on the second level can be seen from the Lemon Street side. A formal stairway on University Avenue provides an elegant entrance. Elsewhere, richly-carved wooden eaves add contrast to the brick-and-clay tiled structure, which stands out among downtown’s Spanish and Mission styles. In 1974, the building was purchased by the Church of Scientology for its local headquarters. Currently known as the Life Arts Building, local artists began using the building in the mid-1980s
Encore’s Music Building, 3601 9th Street –
This two story building houses multiple Encore arts classes, based largely around the music conservatory.
The Historic Loring Building, 3673 Main Street –
Encore uses a second floor in this building for three separate classrooms.
Historically, this building was built in 1890 — Designed by A.C. Willard and built by wealthy winter resident Charles Loring, the building is likely the oldest structure remaining on Main Street. It once served as Riverside’s first city hall, library, courts and even had a small jail. Originally designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, it was remodeled in 1918 by Riverside architect G. Stanley Wilson to better reflect the Mission Revival style of nearby buildings (particularly the Mission Inn). Inside, the building still contains an ornate “birdcage” elevator. For nearly 100 years, the city’s famed Loring Opera House (a.k.a. Golden State Theater) stood on Mission Inn Avenue adjacent to the Loring before being destroyed by fire in 1990 (and is now a small parking lot).
Encore’s High School Building, 3460 Orange Street –
This building houses 16 academic classrooms for Encore.