Henry Jekel needs your help!

$9,200 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 3 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
 Share on Facebook
                                                                               Video courtesy of Andrew Villalobos and The Villalobos Group

It began with a wrecking ball.

There was a miscommunication. And then, suddenly, another Henry L.A. Jekel building was gone.

History is like that. If we don’t act to preserve it, it goes back to the dust. Henry L.A. Jekel's landmark projects span from Buffalo to Philadelphia to Washington D.C. to Riverside and places in between.

There are close to five dozen historic structures in Riverside alone, including the historic Neighbors of Woodcraft Home (James Complex, California Baptist University) and Castillo Isabella (Benedict Castle). 

In Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., he designed the first steel-frame Beaux-Arts classical skyscrapers, the Pennsylvania Building in Philadelphia and the Westory Building on Fourteenth Street in Washington, D.C., both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

We can’t afford to let him be forgotten. Neither can you. 

Inlandia is thrilled to be partnering with CBU, home to one of the original Jekel structures in Riverside, to publish this book. Help us bring this project to fruition and be one of the first to bring home a copy of this one-of-a-kind book.

Henry L.A. Jekel: Architect of Eastern Skyscrapers and the California Style, 1895-1950

Part Jekel biography, part local history, part architectural study guide, this book includes:

224 pages including these Henry Jekel case studies:
• Neighbors of Woodcraft Home (James Complex, California Baptist University)
• Castillo Isabella (Benedict Castle)
• Cielito Lindo (Fred Krinard Estate)
• Lion Head (Heisler Estate)
• The Harbor (N.H.B. Parker Residence)
• La Camarita (Phil and Esther Banks Residence)
• Gustav Hammer Residence
• The Pennsylvania Building in Philadelphia, PA
• The Westory Building in Washington, D.C.
• Granger Place Queen Ann double stacked house in Buffalo, NY

Plus photos and commentary on:
• Harry Hammond Estate
• H.P. Whitehead Residence (Rockledge Park)
• Nethery Residence (Rockledge Park)
• J.B. Cook Hacienda
• Webber Hacienda
• Moyer Cottage
• Charles Brouse Residence
• E.P. Clarke Residence
• Evergreen Memorial Park Office and Crematory
Plus many more….

Henry L.A. Jekel needs your help. Help us preserve his story because it’s a part of your story too. With hundreds of color photographs, this book is the most ambitious project Inlandia has embarked upon to date.

Donate at one of the following levels and receive these benefits:

• $5: Thank you note and our eternal gratitude. Printed name in book on donor page.

$25: Thank you note, eternal gratitude, printed name in book, PLUS some cool Jekel swag.

$75: Thank you note, eternal gratitude, printed name in book, swag, AND one (1) autographed copy of the soft cover edition of the book.

$100: Thank you note, eternal gratitude, printed name in book, swag, AND two (2) autographed copies of the soft cover edition of the book.

$250: All of the above PLUS one (1) autographed limited edition hard cover edition of the book.

$500: All of the above PLUS a THIRD autographed soft cover edition of the book AND a limited, archival produced, matted and signed by the artist art-quality print of the exclusive cover art.

$1000: All of the above PLUS one (1) additional soft cover copy to be donated to a library of your choice AND one (1) additional limited, archival produced, matted and signed by the artist art-quality print of the exclusive cover art AND (yes, more!) an invitation to a private wine and cheese reception hosted by authors.

$2000: All of the above plus an additional two (2) signed copies of the soft cover edition for a total of five (5) copies, AND one (1) additional autographed limited edition hard copy book AND one (1) FRAMED limited, archival produced, matted and signed by the artist art-quality print of the exclusive cover art PLUS two more unframed limited, archival produced, matted and signed by the artist art-quality print of the exclusive cover art AND (yes!) a private tour of Jekel residence or driving tour of Jekel homes.

More about the evolution of the book:

Vince Moses and Cate Whitmore didn’t set out to write about Jekel, but their subject kept finding them and soon they couldn’t turn their attention away. Who was this man who captivated them?

Henry L.A. Jekel was born January 13, 1876, on the edges of Buffalo, New York’s Canal District, “in this cauldron of urban growth, industrial chaos, sin, and wide-open opportunity”. The tenth child of Ashkenazi immigrants, Jekel had already made a name for himself by age 17, opened his own office at age 20, and by his mid-twenties was a pioneering leader in the design of a new kind of building: the skyscraper.
Jekel divided his time between New York City, Philadelphia, and Buffalo, honing his skills as an architect.

Jekel’s first sojourn in Riverside changed him for good. Here in the invigorating California sun, he began his transformation from the man of efficiency, battling to secure elite status among the skyscraper builders of the East Coast, toward the inner directed life of an atelier, or studio architect of romantic California houses, landscapes, and commercial buildings. In Riverside, Jekel seemed to realize that following his own architectural pole star meant more to him then the cut-throat world of competitive skyscraper construction.

To learn more about this fascinating architect and the legacy that he left, contribute to this project and be forever included among an elite group who made sure that Jekel’s story would endure. 

Release date: September 30, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-7324032-0-8
Library of Congress Control Number: 2018934572


About Vince and Cate

H. Vincent Moses, PhD, and wife Catherine Whitmore, MA live in Riverside, California where they own and operate Vincate & Associates Historical Consultants, specializing in historic preservation and Museums. As director of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum in 2003, Moses supervised the transfer of the National Historic Landmark Harada House to the City of Riverside, and earlier served as consulting museum historian for the planning and development of California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside. Cate worked as Curator of Anthropology for the Riverside Municipal Museum, and then as Curator of History for the Riverside County Regional Parks and Open Space District, where she prepared museums at Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and at the Banning Ranch and Wagon Museum. Cate oversaw the curation of archaeological and historical sites in the county. In 2003, Cate and Vince co-authored The Victoria Club: A Centennial Edition, and in 2017 acted as essayists and Senior Coordinating Editors of Myth & Mirage: Inland Southern California, Birthplace of the Spanish Colonial Revival, the exhibition catalog for the Riverside Art Museum’s PST LA/LA project funded by the J. Paul Getty Foundation. They have three sons and two grandsons.

+ Read More
Hi all,

At this stage, donations to the campaign have been turned off so that we may finalize the book and move on to publication. Yay! I will continue to post updates here to let folks know the progress so please check back periodically.

Also, if you have not confirmed how you would like your donation to be attributed in the book, please email Cati by Sunday, August 12: cati.porter (at) inlandiainstitute (dot) org.

If you have no special instructions, no need to send an email; this is only if you would like your attribution to be worded differently than your name appears in GoFundMe.

Thank you!

+ Read More
Hello, donors -- PLEASE READ:

Thank you for your generosity! We've hit our goal and are now moving into the final phase.

We are preparing the list of donors for inclusion in the book and we need your help to complete this process. Can each of you please email me, Cati Porter, at cati.porter@inlandiainstitute.org with the following information:

1) How you would like your attribution to read in the book. Some of you I know gave personally on behalf of organizations or businesses so it's important for us to know whether it should be under your name or the organization/business name.

2) A means of contacting you, either by email or mailing address. We don't have any way to contact you other than this otherwise -- GoFundMe keeps all of your information private, and without that we have no way of letting you know when the books and/or swag are available.

If you have already reached out to me about this, then please disregard, but if not, please contact me as soon as reasonably possible.

With gratitude,
+ Read More
Hi, all --

This campaign will officially end today at midnight, thus initiating the final leg of this book project: sending it to the printer! We are deeply grateful for all of the love and support you have shown for this book and look forward to the next phase. Stay tuned!

+ Read More
Folks -- we're just about there! So much gratitude for all of you have supported this project so far.

Including the donations that have come in outside of the GoFundMe platform, we are exactly $570 away from meeting our goal.

The campaign runs through July 31.

Who will be the one to push us over the top?
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$9,200 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 3 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
 Share on Facebook
Funds raised will benefit:
Inlandia Institute (Literary And Educational Center)
  Certified Charity
+ Learn More
Riverside, CA
EIN: 270586882
How it Works
  1. You make a donation using a PayPal account or a credit/debit card to PayPal Giving Fund (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization).
  2. After the deduction of payment processing fees, PayPal Giving Fund delivers the funds it receives to the chosen charity on a monthly basis.*
* If, after reasonable efforts, PayPal Giving Fund cannot deliver donations to this charity, the funds may be donated to another charity per PayPal Giving Fund’s policies.
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
Don MacLean II
1 month ago
April & Tara Glatzel
1 month ago
George Thomsen
1 month ago
Mbumwae Suba-Smith
1 month ago
Paul Odekirk
1 month ago
Marian Semic
1 month ago
Ken Gutierrez
1 month ago
1 month ago
Sonia Carrera Vanek
1 month ago
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.