The Arthur Benton photograph collection consists of 0.5 linear feet of black-and-white photographs, negatives and postcards
that date from circa 1880 to circa 1919. Interior and exterior stills of Benton’s residential designs comprise the majority
of the collection; however, there are photographs and postcards of Inns and Town Plazas designed by Benton, as well as photographs
taken of various California missions prior to restoration.
Arthur B. Benton was born on April 17, 1858 in Peoria, IL. After receiving his education at the School of Art and Design in
Topeka, Kansas, Benton relocated to Omaha, Nebraska where he worked as a draftsman in the chief engineer’s office of the Union
Pacific. A year later, Benton moved to Los Angeles and by 1893 he began a partnership with William C. Aiken. Three years later,
in 1896, Benton bought out his partner and remained solo for the rest of his architectural career. That same year Benton joined
the Los Angeles Landmarks Club and focused much of his energy on preserving the Spanish Colonial Missions of California. His
preservation work influenced his architectural design, which can be seen in: the Glenwood Mission Inn located in Riverside,
California, The Arlington Hotel in Santa Barbara, the Arrowhead Hotel located North of San Bernardino, the Mission Playhouse
in San Gabriel, and the San Marcos Hotel in Arizona. Many credit him for pioneering the Mission Revival Style. Benton’s commissions
did not only consist of civic, residential, and commercial projects, but also, several Episcopal churches in the Los Angeles
area. His last major work was the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, which was completed in 1927. Arthur Benton passed away at
the age of 69, on September 18, 1927.