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By Rebecca Marshall Farnbach
Special to Village News 

Bob Morris: Architect of the Old Town Temecula Vibe


Last updated 5/5/2021 at 11:16am

Bob Morris

Valley News/Courtesy photo

Bob Morris, who died in November 2018, is the designer of many of Old Town Temecula's rustic charm, including the arches at the north and south ends of Old Town Front Street, the medallions at the corners of Main and Front streets, the former Butterfield Square and more.

In the 1970s, Old Town Temecula was a rundown, has-been of a town bypassed by Interstate 15. It had started as "the new town of Temecula" in 1882 when the California Southern brought railroad tracks this way. It replaced the Temecula of old at today's Vail Headquarters.

The fledgling town grew as businesses developed and homes were built along Pujol and Mercedes streets. By 1885, the Temecula post office that had formerly been in the Wolf Store had a new location on Main Street.

With the advent of motorized vehicles, the north to south thoroughfare called Front Street was paved in 1918 an...

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