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June 9, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
In their continuing effort to make Casa Romantica the "heart of San Clemente," members of the Historical Society are proposing to buy the landmark mansion from the city for $5 million and turn part of the site into a luxury hotel.
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July 18, 2000 | Matt Kieta, (949) 248-2158
An anonymous donor has given $1 million for the design and renovation of Casa Romantica, former home to the city's founder, Ole Hanson, which is being converted into a cultural arts and education center. The city's Redevelopment Agency, which consists of the five City Council members, will consider the terms of accepting the donation at its meeting Wednesday in conjunction with the City Council meeting.
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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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October 9, 1998 | LINN GROVES
In a surprise shift in its position on the future of historic Casa Romantica, the Redevelopment Agency voted Wednesday to give a wedding business another chance to stay in the landmark building. City Council members who serve on the agency board had been expected to terminate a business agreement with Maureen Capielo Gates, who hosts 150 weddings at Casa Romantica each year through her company, Events by Design. City Atty.
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February 1, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (714) 966-5634
Planning to restore the Casa Romantica Mansion is underway thanks to Maureen Gates, a businesswoman who has used the historic site for business parties for 15 years. Gates, who was married at the mansion, wants to operate a cultural, art and wedding center. Her ideas will be reviewed by the City Council, and a decision should be made in March, city officials said.
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July 31, 1998 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its tiled courtyard, thick whitewashed walls and sweeping ocean views, Casa Romantica--the bluff-top house built 70 years ago by San Clemente's founder--is an architectural and historic gem. Soon, perhaps, it also will be the site of Southern California's latest upscale Mexican restaurant.
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January 24, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
The Heritage Foundation of San Clemente & Visitor Center is presenting a photography exhibit beginning today to draw support for efforts to preserve the former home of city founder Ole Hansen. "Casa Romantica, the Past, Present and Future" is a collection of photographs of the 20-room Spanish villa. A citizen's group, Friends of the Casa Romantica, is urging the city to drop its plans to develop the historic home into a restaurant.
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January 20, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Vowing to make preservation a priority, the city has completed a survey of its historic buildings and is exploring incentives to encourage residents to join the crusade. The survey, compiled over the last year by a preservation expert, was presented to the Planning Commission this week. About 200 homes are now on the list, which is an updated version of a study that reported 234 properties. Eight homes were added to the earlier list, and 42 were deleted.
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February 12, 1991
Concerned that an increasing number of property owners are letting historic buildings fall into disrepair because of parking requirements, the City Council approved a plan to allow parking waivers. Under current city law, all homes in the city's residential district must provide a minimum of two parking spaces per unit, and half of the spaces must be covered.
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October 9, 1998 | LINN GROVES
In a surprise shift in its position on the future of historic Casa Romantica, the Redevelopment Agency voted Wednesday to give a wedding business another chance to stay in the landmark building. City Council members who serve on the agency board had been expected to terminate a business agreement with Maureen Capielo Gates, who hosts 150 weddings at Casa Romantica each year through her company, Events by Design. City Atty.
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July 31, 1998 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its tiled courtyard, thick whitewashed walls and sweeping ocean views, Casa Romantica--the bluff-top house built 70 years ago by San Clemente's founder--is an architectural and historic gem. Soon, perhaps, it also will be the site of Southern California's latest upscale Mexican restaurant.
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March 24, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
The Friends of Casa Romantica is urging council members to thwart plans to develop the historic city-owned mansion as a restaurant. The organization's members have said the 1928 Casa Romantica, once the home of city founder Ole Hanson, should be turned into a cultural center. The bluff-top mansion, bought by the city's Redevelopment Agency in 1989 for $2.4 million, is now leased to a wedding business.
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January 24, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
The Heritage Foundation of San Clemente & Visitor Center is presenting a photography exhibit beginning today to draw support for efforts to preserve the former home of city founder Ole Hansen. "Casa Romantica, the Past, Present and Future" is a collection of photographs of the 20-room Spanish villa. A citizen's group, Friends of the Casa Romantica, is urging the city to drop its plans to develop the historic home into a restaurant.
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September 24, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
A local pastor is attempting to garner support behind efforts to preserve the historic Casa Romantica, despite the city's plans to convert the 70-year-old Spanish-style mansion into a restaurant. The Rev. Gary Erb of St. Clement's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, homeowners associations and the city's visitor's center are forming a committee to seek alternative uses for the home, built by San Clemente's founder, Ole Hanson. A meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m.
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November 23, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
The landmark Casa Romantica will get a face-lift and structural repairs with help from a $110,425 state grant. The money will be used to repair terra cotta roof tiles, improve the building's electrical system and restore two historic murals painted by one of California's foremost muralists of the 1920s, Norman Kennedy. The grant from the State Office of Historic Preservation's California Heritage Fund was a pleasant surprise, associate city planner Jim Pechous said. "It was great news," he said.
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June 28, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
After sitting vacant on North El Camino Real for years, the historic Miramar Theatre, one of the first cinemas built in Orange County, may be reopening soon. Real estate developer Left Coast Inc. is negotiating to buy the 66-year-old building from the owner, Home Investment and Loan of San Diego. The potential buyer wants to convert the Spanish-style structure into an upscale promenade with shops, a restaurant and a nightclub whose entertainment would be carried on local cable TV.
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May 11, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
Plans to renovate the historic mansion Casa Romantica have been delayed after a potential developer withdrew from the project. Because developer Cliff Ratkovich dropped his plan for a $55-million Mediterranean-style tourist resort in the Pier Bowl area of San Clemente, city officials say, they will need time to reorganize. "It's officially on hold," said City Manager Michael T. Parness. "We're back to step one of the public process."
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