The Museum Home – The Ontario Power Company Building

Since early 2013 CCMA's location the historic Ontario Power Company Building at 217 South Lemon Ave in downtown Ontario. The building has a rich history of which we are proud to be a part.

The Beginning.

The Ontario Electric Company was organized on February 16, 1895 by Mrs. Elizabeth Jenkins, Godfrey Stamm and his two sons George and F.B., Charles Frankish, and C.W. Foote. The first power building was constructed on Mountain Ave that same year.

The Purpose.

The Company operated an electric railway and an electric light plant, which sold arc and incandescent lights.


The Building.

The Company’s new building was constructed in 1907 at 217 S. Lemon Ave. This location served as the Company’s main offices until Southern California Edison Co. assumed operations during the 1920s.

The Partnership.

The Company shared the site with the San Antonio Water Company which had also begun developing hydroelectric power at the same time. Together they produced far more electricity than they could sell.

The Electrician.

Earl H. Richardson was tasked with finding ways to create a new demand for electricity. In 1903 he responded with the invention of the Hotpoint iron. He established the Pacific Electric Heating Co. which later became General Electric in 1918.

The Police Station.

In 1954, after Southern California Edison moved, the Ontario Police Department moved its headquarters to the building. Later that same year, the city built a new jail to handle “overflow” from the main jail.

The Orchestra.

From 1967 until 1978, the West End Symphony Orchestra occupied the building. They hosted several membership dinners and concerts there.

The Museum.

Since the 1980s the building has been used by the City’s Housing Agency , Engineering Dept., the Museum of History and Art, the Model Colony History Room, and the Fire Department. Today this local landmark is home to the Chaffey Community Museum of Art.

In recognition of the rehabilitation work done to transform office space into four museum galleries, a museum store and administrative areas, in May 2014, CCMA was presented with a Model Colony Award by the City of Ontario Planning Department.


Events at the Museum

David Allen Book Signing and Reading

Join CCMA and Ontario Heritage for a joint event featuring Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen.
David's latest book, On Track, is a selection of his columns originally published from 2001 to 2004. David will be at CCMA for a book signing, followed by potluck dinner and readings from the book.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Book signing - 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Potluck Dinner and Program - 4 pm to 6 pm

Artist Reception

February 10, 2019 - 2 pm to 4 pm

IEA International Open Juried Exhibition
Friday, Friday, Love That Day - Open Studio Artists
Piece by Piece - John Bagley, Jr.

Enhance! Member Exhibition Winners Purchase Prize - Steven Long
Members Choice - Judi Christensen

Art at Airport

Installations of artist exhibits can now be seen at Ontario International Airport. Exhibiting artists are:

Dee Marcellus Cole, Cosme Cordova, Jesus Cruz, Jr., Gina Lawson Egan, Sumi Foley, Cathy Garcia, Karen Karlsson, Sant Khalsa, Denise Kraemer, Steven Long, Cindy Rinne and Larry White.

CCMA is managing the public art program at the airport on behalf of the Ontario International Airport Authority and the City of Ontario Community Life & Culture Agency.


Open Studio at CCMA

Fridays from 11 am – 3 pm
Where artists meet to create and share their artwork in an unstructured environment.

Open Studio at CCMA is a place for artists to come together and create art in the presence of other artists. It is intended to foster creativity, exchange, conversation, encouragement and freedom of artistic expression. All artists are welcome and invited to participate.

Open Studio at CCMA is held every Friday from 11 am to 3 pm. Artists should bring all their own supplies + a sack lunch, drinks and snacks as desired. CCMA will provide a coffee maker, refrigerator and small microwave for the use of participants.
Free for CCMA members
$20 for guests

CCMA in the News

Ontario Connects

View highlights of Sheets, Sheets & Caughman CCMA/OMHA exhibition
Art for Living and Living for Art
by clicking on the title

Joe Blackstock

Inland Valley historian Joe Blackstock visits CCMA to view the nine paintings of the Barbara Line Memorial Collection. Click here to view article.
 IEShineOn, an online source for events and activities in the Inland Empire, featured CCMA. To view the article, click here.

Suzanne Sproul

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist Suzanne Sproul reports on the Sheets, Sheets & Caughman exhibit Art for Living and Living for Art. To view the article, click here. Read about CCMA's 75th anniversary in 2016 by clicking here. 

David Allen
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen visits CCMA's outdoor sculpture at the front of the museum. The sculpture was created by Fullmer Construction superintendent Gary Rue entirely from materials leftover from construction the parking lot next door. Click here to see a photo and read David's blog.

Trevor Summons

Click here  or click here to read about CCMA
in Trevor Summon's column

Foothills Reader

Click here to read about CCMA
in the Foothills Reader

217 S. Lemon Ave
Ontario, CA 91761-1623

Free Admission
Thursday through Sunday
noon — 4:00 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Rent the Museum for your event

The Museum is available year-round as a venue for compatible events of small to medium-sized groups. For more information, including rental rates, available days and times, and floor plan, click here.

 217 S. Lemon Ave, Ontario, CA 91761 • 909.463.3733 • • Thursday-Sunday, noon - 4 pm • Free Admission