Casa Romantica Cultural Center, San Clemente

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Casa Romantica was built in 1927 as the family home of Ole Hanson, who co-founded the city of San Clemente. The seven-bedroom, seven-bath house was designed by Carl Lindbom, who also designed La Casa Pacifica (the former Western White House).

Hanson's vision for San Clemente, which was one of the first master-planned cities in California, was that of a “Spanish Village by the Sea,” and Casa Romantica was his expression of the California dream. It set the tone for the majority of the other homes and businesses built within his development plan.

Over the years, the home passed through several owners, including the family of Hollywood entertainer and orchestra leader Fred Waring. At one time it even operated as a senior citizens’ home. Beginning in 1984, the Casa was leased to a private business for special events.

The San Clemente Redevelopment Agency purchased the property in 1989, and it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1991. The City of San Clemente and its Redevelopment Agency elected to completely renovate the Casa for use as a cultural center.

Today, Casa Romantica provides programs for all ages in arts, music, history, horticulture and literature and is a premier Southern California cultural center. Its multifaceted Casa Captivating programming attracts local families as well as arts aficionados throughout Orange County, and the organization maintains a robust membership program with exclusive event discounts and select private functions.

The Casa is also a member of the American Horticultural Society, admission to which enables free admission to a network of 300 gardens in the United States, Canada, the Cayman Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Due to its stunning presence as an historic bluff-top estate that overlooks the Pacific ocean, Casa Romantica is a frequent photographic subject. The Casa is available to rent for weddings and private events.
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  • Once owned by the founding family of San Clemente, Casa Romantica is a small but enchanting historic place to visit. Be sure to check out the exhibits and lovely gardens that surround the Casa; plus e...  more »
  • Casa Romantica is the former home of the founder of San Clemente Ole Hanson. The structure itself is lovely and there is a self guided tour and a stunning view of the ocean from the rear. There is fre...  more »
  • Learn the history of San Clemente while walking through the various rooms of this 1920’s mansion and its visionary builder. Great views of the ocean from the terrace and gardens. $5 well spent.  more »
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  • Beautiful historical house and gardens. Stunning ocean view. Check their event calendar, lots of interesting things to see and do.
  • Local gem. Come by and see it on an open day. They have children's book readings here as well as private events. Beautiful Spanish architecture and gardens.
  • Casa Ronantica offered a gorgeous view of the Pacific and San Clemente Pier. I also appreciated the glimpse into the past of LA and some of the OC's cities. We went there to see Rebecca Louise Law's art installation, which was a little smaller than I expected, though I enjoyed it a lot. Right at 2pm we were shooed out. I would've preferred a 5 or 10 min warning.
  • Breathtaking views will blow you away. Can't Imagine 100 years ago when the owner found this place, how excited he must have been. Also learnt that the Richard Nixon house is just down the coastline south a few miles and the two residences used the same architect. Give you a feel of what the "trump tower" was like back in the early seventies;)
  • What a great discovery! Historic architecture, stories about the founder of San Clemente, incredible views, and it's all free!

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