Dr. James P. Squires Home


The Redlands Area Historical Society, Inc.
Heritage Award 1978

Dr. James P. Squires Home
711 Chestnut Avenue


Built in 1889 of one inch redwood, this house originally faced on Center Street, but was soon moved around the corner to the Chestnut Street location, hoping that the corner lot (still vacant) would sell more quickly. This two story house was heated by cast iron stoves instead of by fireplaces. Half-timbering ornamentation appears over the upstairs gables as well as over the front steps. The upstairs windows are in pairs, like human eyes. The textured fishscale shingles give a sharp contrast with the clapboard siding of the lower walls.

Dr. James P. Squires arrived in Redlands with his family in 1887. The Illustrated Redlands says about Dr. Squires:

The first city recorder’s court was opened February 15, 1889, by James Phineas Squires, Judge, who was then also the Justice of the Peace of the township. He continued in these offices until his death on February 14, 1890.