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The Frankish Building:
A Reflection of the Success
of Ontario, California

[Cover photo] The Frankish Building
(Photo by Brent Heath)

Standing proudly on the southwest corner of Euclid Avenue and Transit Street in Ontario, California, the three­story Frankish Building symbolizes the commercial and economic success of a California town. Like hundreds of similar buildings across the nation — in small towns and large — the building is locally significant because of its association with a prominent man of the community and because of its attractive architectural style. The unusually wide and sweeping main street — Euclid Avenue — was the creation of the town’s original founder, George Chaffey. Together, the building and its setting provide a visual reminder of the spirit of boosterism that swept across the nation in the late 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century.


About This Lesson

Getting Started: Inquiry Question

Setting the Stage: Historical Context

Locating the Site: Maps
 1. State of California
 2. Plan of Ontario, California

Determining the Facts: Readings
 1. The Beginnings of a City
 2. A Symbol of Wealth and Position

Visual Evidence: Images
 1. Euclid Avenue
 2. Architectural details
 3. The Frankish Building

Putting It All Together: Activities
 1. Advertising the Colony of Ontario
 2. Looking at a Building
 3. Determining Community Sites
 of Historic Significance

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This lesson is based on the Frankish Building, one of the thousands of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.




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