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November 16, 1994 | LEN HALL
Directors of the San Clemente Historical Society, calling a controversial 130-room resort hotel proposed for a hillside area south of the city pier "massive," have recommended that the City Council not approve the project. In a letter to the city Planning Department, society President Dorothy Fuller said the proposed Beachcomber Resort Hotel in San Clemente's Pier Bowl area would be "a tragic mistake" for the city.
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January 22, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
It can be a curse, the neighbors discovered, to move onto the well-heeled, palm-festooned San Clemente lane next to Richard Nixon's former home. Christopher Arndt and Maureen Doyle despised what local historians describe as the former Western White House's security wall, which bisects their backyard. The couple whittled a door into the red-tile-capped barrier to reach the rest of their property. Their next-door neighbor, Richard Osman, loathed the wall too.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
It can be a curse, the neighbors discovered, to move onto the well-heeled, palm-festooned San Clemente lane next to Richard Nixon's former home. Christopher Arndt and Maureen Doyle despised what local historians describe as the former Western White House's security wall, which bisects their backyard. The couple whittled a door into the red-tile-capped barrier to reach the rest of their property. Their next-door neighbor, Richard Osman, loathed the wall too.
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March 19, 2006 | Irene Lechowitzky, Special to The Times
Yes, San Clemente existed before President Richard Nixon made it the home of his Western White House. In reality, this lovely beach town has been around since the 1920s, the creation of an entrepreneur who envisioned a Spanish village by the sea. Today, new developments have sprouted around the city's retro core, and the surfing beaches are world-famous.
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August 27, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
The San Clemente Historical Society has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum Services. The grant will provide on-site consultation for a comprehensive review of the San Clemente Historical Museum and Research Center. The museum is open to visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and the first Sunday of each month. The museum is at 101 S. El Camino Real. Information: (949) 361-6688.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1998
Re "Young Towns, Rich History," Nov. 6: In reading your survey of the growing roster of small historical museums in Orange County, we were dismayed that the San Clemente Historical Museum was overlooked. The San Clemente Historical Society is celebrating its 25th year and has been responsible for raising funds toward replacing the Spanish tile roof of the 70-year-old Casa Romantica, San Clemente's crown jewel, originally the home of the city's founder, Ole Hanson. The Historical Society plans one day to move its museum into Casa Romantica from its present home in a small authentic Ole Hanson Spanish bungalow at 117 Avenida Cabrillo.
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January 30, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The San Clemente Historical Society, in dire need of funds and looking for a new home, is seeking help from the community. The nonprofit organization, which preserves the historical artifacts and heritage of the city, is asking for donations, especially file cabinets and preservation-quality photo albums. The treasury is down to the bare minimum, and there are fears that moving expenses will wipe out the society's coffers, said co-president Dorothy Fuller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
A developer who has exclusive rights to renovate the historic Casa Romantica mansion has failed to win an extension of a city deadline for submitting a proposal for the redevelopment project. The City Council decided last week to call for bids from other developers unless Maureen Capiello Gates, who currently leases Casa Romantica, acts before Feb. 15.
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February 10, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
Since the San Clemente Historical Society was founded in 1973, its members have lugged boxes of faded photograph albums, dusty 1920s Spanish-style furniture and other antiques in and out of storage because the organization lacked a permanent home. But all that is about to change. On Feb. 28, the society is scheduled to move into a historic 1926 home that member Doug Smith offered to lease to the group for its new museum.
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March 30, 2003 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
The Miramar Theatre in San Clemente is from a simpler, quieter time when a guest could see a cartoon, a newsreel and a double feature for a quarter -- 35 cents if you wanted to sit in the plush, high-back loge seats. But over the years, like so many single-screen movie houses, the Miramar succumbed to the big chains, unable to compete with stadium seating, surround sound and multiplex venues. Built in 1937, a Spanish Revival design, the cinema is empty now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2003 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
The Miramar Theatre in San Clemente is from a simpler, quieter time when a guest could see a cartoon, a newsreel and a double feature for a quarter -- 35 cents if you wanted to sit in the plush, high-back loge seats. But over the years, like so many single-screen movie houses, the Miramar succumbed to the big chains, unable to compete with stadium seating, surround sound and multiplex venues. Built in 1937, a Spanish Revival design, the cinema is empty now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
The San Clemente Historical Society has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum Services. The grant will provide on-site consultation for a comprehensive review of the San Clemente Historical Museum and Research Center. The museum is open to visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and the first Sunday of each month. The museum is at 101 S. El Camino Real. Information: (949) 361-6688.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1998
Re "Young Towns, Rich History," Nov. 6: In reading your survey of the growing roster of small historical museums in Orange County, we were dismayed that the San Clemente Historical Museum was overlooked. The San Clemente Historical Society is celebrating its 25th year and has been responsible for raising funds toward replacing the Spanish tile roof of the 70-year-old Casa Romantica, San Clemente's crown jewel, originally the home of the city's founder, Ole Hanson. The Historical Society plans one day to move its museum into Casa Romantica from its present home in a small authentic Ole Hanson Spanish bungalow at 117 Avenida Cabrillo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
Since the San Clemente Historical Society was founded in 1973, its members have lugged boxes of faded photograph albums, dusty 1920s Spanish-style furniture and other antiques in and out of storage because the organization lacked a permanent home. But all that is about to change. On Feb. 28, the society is scheduled to move into a historic 1926 home that member Doug Smith offered to lease to the group for its new museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The San Clemente Historical Society, in dire need of funds and looking for a new home, is seeking help from the community. The nonprofit organization, which preserves the historical artifacts and heritage of the city, is asking for donations, especially file cabinets and preservation-quality photo albums. The treasury is down to the bare minimum, and there are fears that moving expenses will wipe out the society's coffers, said co-president Dorothy Fuller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Jerry Mack made the city an offer he thought it couldn't refuse. He was wrong. He wants to give away a historic house, no strings attached, but has no takers. And if Mack can't find someone in 60 days to remove the old white stucco house from his property at 135 Avenida Florencia, it will be demolished. "It's a beauty," said Dorothy Fuller, president of the San Clemente Historical Society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1994 | LEN HALL
Directors of the San Clemente Historical Society, calling a controversial 130-room resort hotel proposed for a hillside area south of the city pier "massive," have recommended that the City Council not approve the project. In a letter to the city Planning Department, society President Dorothy Fuller said the proposed Beachcomber Resort Hotel in San Clemente's Pier Bowl area would be "a tragic mistake" for the city.
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