The Alec Morrison Home is a rare example of French Eclectic architecture in Downtown Riverside’s Historic District of Colony Heights. In the 1920’s, this style became extremely popular in America as returning WWI veterans had been exposed to, and were fascinated by, the architecture of the French countryside. This quaint, yet radiant facade has a unique mixture of half timbering, multi-light casement windows and prominent dormers protruding from its steeply pitched gabled roof which are a hallmark of the French Eclectic style. This home has an interior that’s as comfortable as the exterior is inviting. It features a charming entry ; a living room with Batchelder inspired tile hearth and adjacent dining room where the gorgeous vintage windows (as they do throughout the house) take center stage. The current owners completed a wonderful remodel of the kitchen and extended the home by adding a cozy family room. They were awarded by the Old Riverside Foundation for this work given it’s architectural compatibility and clear knowledge and appreciation for this Designated Structure of Merit. One of my favorite features is the hearth in the family room and matching front porch. The owners had salvaged bricks from the original colonnade of the Mission Inn Hotel that were removed during its restoration and repurposed them.