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Photo: Nathan Freeman

The House Navel Oranges Built

Published September 2013
Price: $1 (must be moved)
Location: Riverside, California
Contact: Nathan Freeman, 951-826-5374

The History: Several decades after the California gold rush, William McIntyre hit a different kind of pay dirt when he planted some of the nation's earliest navel orange trees in his groves in Riverside. The variety took off, and the fruit's popularity helped the city become the wealthiest in the state, with McIntyre counted among its most affluent residents. In 1892, he and his wife, Emma, used part of their fortune to construct this 3,793-square-foot showpiece, where they raised their three children. The family lived in the home until 1924, after which it changed hands many times until it was purchased by the city in 2007. Now it must be moved to make way for a new dormitory for a nearby college.

Shown: The exterior of the five-bedroom, 2½-bath house has decorative corbels, scalloped shingles, and an elaborate two-tiered porch.
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