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August 25, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a dark, musty room, spiders weave their magic across a bed designed for Napoleon Bonaparte. A few feet away, ants crawl on flags and pictures that once adorned the Oval Office in Richard M. Nixon's Western White House. The battered cardboard boxes that are piled from floor to ceiling contain more historic pictures, documents and some of the furniture of Ole Hanson, the onetime mayor of Seattle who 66 years ago founded San Clemente--California's first planned community.
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December 3, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
Friends of Casa Romantica, a group of residents and business owners, will urge the City Council today to drop plans to commercialize the historic mansion. The Redevelopment Agency bought the $2.5-million mansion in 1989. Under a contract with developer Grand Pacific Resorts, the city plans to restore Casa Romantica, convert it to a restaurant and build a bluff-top park and cultural center.
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March 15, 1997 | KIMBERLY SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 67-year-old building that served as the city's first market and grocery will soon undergo a radical transformation, en route to becoming a visitors center and gallery designed to honor the city's past. The San Clemente Historical Society had originally asked the city for permission to incorporate a cultural center at Casa Romantica, the city's most famous landmark. But because the city is involved in a lawsuit concerning the use of the founder's home, the society's request was put on hold.
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August 8, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
It's an odd juxtaposition at first glance: Richard Nixon, surfing pioneers and the U.S. Marines, all under one roof. "It may seem strange, but it's all part of our heritage here," said G. Wayne Eggleston, founder of the Heritage of San Clemente museum. A retired property manager from San Francisco, Eggleston took $150,000 of his own money and opened the museum in downtown San Clemente two months ago to celebrate the history of his adopted city.
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August 8, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
It's an odd juxtaposition at first glance: Richard Nixon, surfing pioneers and the U.S. Marines, all under one roof. "It may seem strange, but it's all part of our heritage here," said G. Wayne Eggleston, founder of the Heritage of San Clemente museum. A retired property manager from San Francisco, Eggleston took $150,000 of his own money and opened the museum in downtown San Clemente two months ago to celebrate the history of his adopted city.
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December 3, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
Friends of Casa Romantica, a group of residents and business owners, will urge the City Council today to drop plans to commercialize the historic mansion. The Redevelopment Agency bought the $2.5-million mansion in 1989. Under a contract with developer Grand Pacific Resorts, the city plans to restore Casa Romantica, convert it to a restaurant and build a bluff-top park and cultural center.
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April 12, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
The city has been accepted into the state-sponsored Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Program, municipal officials said. The city--known as the Spanish Village by the Sea--now becomes eligible to apply for grant funding through the State Office of Historic Preservation. Last week, the City Council asked planners to apply for a grant that would cover the cost of updating San Clemente's list of historic homes and businesses.
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May 9, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The San Clemente Historical Society this week presented city officials with a plan to purchase historic Casa Romantica, but city officials say it's too soon to make a decision on what to do with the property. The group, which has long wanted to turn a portion of the palatial mansion built 66 years ago by the founder of San Clemente into a museum, is proposing to buy the home for $2.5 million--the same amount the city paid when it purchased the 20-room residence three years ago.
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July 23, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
It was on July 22, 1769, when Father Junipero Serra is said to have performed the first baptism in California while accompanying a Spanish expedition through the hills behind what is now San Clemente. Now, 223 years later, the nonprofit La Cristianita Pageant Assn., named after the Juaneno baby girl who was baptized by the padre, stands at a crossroads in its effort to preserve that historical moment in a grand passion play entitled "The Cross and the Arrow."
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September 7, 1992 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The place on the road is nondescript, like any of a thousand intersections along the highway. An Arco station sits at one corner, directly across from a white beach house near sands populated by surfers and sunbathers. This is where the city of San Clemente begins. It is also where Pacific Coast Highway ends forever, becoming El Camino Real through the rest of Orange County.
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March 15, 1997 | KIMBERLY SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 67-year-old building that served as the city's first market and grocery will soon undergo a radical transformation, en route to becoming a visitors center and gallery designed to honor the city's past. The San Clemente Historical Society had originally asked the city for permission to incorporate a cultural center at Casa Romantica, the city's most famous landmark. But because the city is involved in a lawsuit concerning the use of the founder's home, the society's request was put on hold.
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December 6, 1996
The City Council has renewed a declaration made two decades ago to observe Dec. 6 as Ole Hanson Day. That was the date in 1925 when city founder Ole Hanson broke ground for a settlement. Members of the San Clemente Historical Society reminded council members this week that in 1975, the date was highlighted but over the years has been forgotten.
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April 12, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
The city has been accepted into the state-sponsored Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Program, municipal officials said. The city--known as the Spanish Village by the Sea--now becomes eligible to apply for grant funding through the State Office of Historic Preservation. Last week, the City Council asked planners to apply for a grant that would cover the cost of updating San Clemente's list of historic homes and businesses.
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September 7, 1992 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The place on the road is nondescript, like any of a thousand intersections along the highway. An Arco station sits at one corner, directly across from a white beach house near sands populated by surfers and sunbathers. This is where the city of San Clemente begins. It is also where Pacific Coast Highway ends forever, becoming El Camino Real through the rest of Orange County.
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July 28, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
Responding to calls for less hotel development in the city's seaside Pier Bowl area, the historical society has presented a new wish list for the preservation and development of Casa Romantica. Last week, about 70 residents had a chance to tour the scenic palatial mansion built by city founder Ole Hanson in 1927. They also reviewed the San Clemente Historical Society's scaled-back luxury hotel proposal for a portion of the three-acre site.
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July 23, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
It was on July 22, 1769, when Father Junipero Serra is said to have performed the first baptism in California while accompanying a Spanish expedition through the hills behind what is now San Clemente. Now, 223 years later, the nonprofit La Cristianita Pageant Assn., named after the Juaneno baby girl who was baptized by the padre, stands at a crossroads in its effort to preserve that historical moment in a grand passion play entitled "The Cross and the Arrow."
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December 6, 1996
The City Council has renewed a declaration made two decades ago to observe Dec. 6 as Ole Hanson Day. That was the date in 1925 when city founder Ole Hanson broke ground for a settlement. Members of the San Clemente Historical Society reminded council members this week that in 1975, the date was highlighted but over the years has been forgotten.
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October 21, 1991 | ZION BANKS
Although two groups are already working to preserve the city's historic Spanish architecture, a third has been organized with hopes of ultimately drawing more tourists to the seaside city. The recently formed Spanish Village Heritage Group, which plans to work with the San Clemente Historical Society, intends to educate residents on the city's history, preserve historical buildings, and ultimately, improve tourism, said Marilyn Coduti, the group's president.
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May 9, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The San Clemente Historical Society this week presented city officials with a plan to purchase historic Casa Romantica, but city officials say it's too soon to make a decision on what to do with the property. The group, which has long wanted to turn a portion of the palatial mansion built 66 years ago by the founder of San Clemente into a museum, is proposing to buy the home for $2.5 million--the same amount the city paid when it purchased the 20-room residence three years ago.
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December 27, 1991 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although Richard M. Nixon and the Western White House may have put San Clemente on the map, what most people don't know is that Nixon wasn't the first President to visit the sprawling, Spanish-style mansion. In the city's first days during the 1920s, financier Hamilton Cotton spared no expense in building an opulent, 10-room villa on 20 acres of choice land overlooking the Pacific. Cotton held gala parties and invited many important friends.
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