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Pitzer Ranch Complex

Image of the front porch of the Pitzer-Peairs House in Claremont, California (NPS/HABS/Bill Agee)
The front porch of the Pitzer-Peairs House in Claremont, California (NPS/HABS/Bill Agee)
The Pitzer Ranch Complex in Claremont, California was developed as a citrus-producing ranch during the burgeoning Southern California citrus industry in the early 20th century. Samuel Pitzer was a pioneer in the citrus industry, and his sons continued in the family business as well as started two of the Claremont Colleges. The complex consisted of the Pitzer-Peairs House, stone garage, foreman’s residence, pump house, water tower, shed, barn, reservoir, and stone walls. The Pitzer-Peairs House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 due to both its architectural and historical significance. Architecturally, the house was recognized for its use of native fieldstone in a California bungalow style and its conformance with its rustic setting. HABS documentation of the complex was completed in 1988 due to the widening of the adjacent Base Line Road/Towne Avenue Environmental Assessment.