Santa Ana Off The Beaten Path

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    West Coast Theatre 1910/24

    by Yaqui Written Nov 23, 2008

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    Formerly known as the Walkers Orange Country Theatre, it is now called the West Coast Theatre. It caters now as a church to the Latino’s in this area with Spanish speaking services. If you wonder around here, you’ll immediately know why……LOL!

    Before it was a theatre in 1910, it was the Blue Front Livery Stable. It didn’t become a theatre till in 1924 when Carl Boller designed it. It was their 100th theatre designed by his and his brothers firm. It opened its doors in 1924 with a seating capacity of 800 seats on the main floor and 55 loges, and 500 in the balcony area. It use to feature 3000 lights in the marquee that was capable of adding color. It had an organ from the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company. Don’t know if it is still there. The marquee has seen many changes over the years, but the building itself still possesses the lovely Spanish Renaissance ornate design

    308 N. Main Street Santa Ana, Ca 92701

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    West End Theater 1877

    by Yaqui Written Nov 23, 2008

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    Built in 1915 by Schlesinger and designed by architect John Flood Walker to replace another theatre in another part of town, it was going to cater specifically to cinematography productions. Over the many years it exchanged hands and each time found it had incurred a new name. It was restored in 1978 and called the Guild again. Yet, it survived from being demolished to make room for government buildings, it wasn’t till in 1984 found itself being put back in its original form and was placed in the National Register of Historic Places.

    324 W. 4th Street Santa Ana, ca 92701

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    Santora Building 1928

    by Yaqui Written Nov 23, 2008

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    This building caught my eye right away because of the lovely Spanish Ornate style. The correct term is Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival. I found that the name Santora is a combination of Santa Ana & Orange, how clever. Built by the Santora Land Company by Oliver Halsell, vice president and Frank Lansdowne was the architect. The property was bought from the Minter family. It had ten stories, which accommodated over 20 shops. Sadly during the 1933 Long Beach earthquake the top eight stories disappeared. In 1934-44 the second story was Daninger’s Tea Room and was a favorite of locals and celebrities for its home cooked meals and inviting décor. Celebrities such as Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Lucille Ball, Gracie Allen, George Burns, Rosalind Russell, William Holden, and I could go on, but these are just some who signed their guest book over the years.

    201-211 N. Broadway & 209-217 W. 2nd Street

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    Minter House 1900

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    Named after Pioneer George W. Minter, this beautiful twelve room, two story home was built in 1877. The builder/architect was Henry C. Berry. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located across from a park named after a relative of the Minters, Albert W. Birch Park. It is such a lovely Victorian.

    322 W. Third Street, Santa Ana, Ca 92701

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    Pacific Building 1925

    by Yaqui Written Nov 23, 2008

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    This is of 19th & 20th century Italian Renaissance style built in 1925 by developer and contractor Roy Russell architects Sidney J. Babcock (Thomas). It is where prominent builder and developer to have his office in this building as well as his son. It was during WWII the Veterans Administration and many military service clubs. It still provides spaces to small business over the many years.

    225-227 North Broadway & 214, 216, 220 W. Third Street
    Santa Ana, Ca 92701

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    William H. Spurgeon Building and Clock Tower 1915

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    This is to me the other crown jewel of old Santa Ana. The Orange County Courthouse is the first, but the William H. Spurgeon Building and Clock Tower has to be the second, although they are plenty of other beautiful representation of historic homes, but the Clock Tower stands out. Built in 1915, it was considered an intricate part of the businesses downtown. It was kind of the who’s who’s to have an office here. William Spurgeon was a generous man who had donated much of the land that most of the city of Santa Ana was built on. He has at least four buildings including this one named after him.

    206. W 4th Street, Santa Ana 92701

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    A-4 Skyhawk Memorial to Veterans

    by Yaqui Written Nov 23, 2008

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    The A-4 Skyhawk attack fighter, which was dedicated as a memorial Sept 11, 2008 honors veterans and the military presence in Orange County. It honors those who served in the military and carried on a career in either law enforcement or as fire fighters. It is a wonderful and impressive addition to this courtyard filled with dedication to military and civic duty to the public to protect and serve. Across from the Orange County Courthouse.

    Hall of Records
    12 Civic Center Plaza,
    Santa Ana, CA 92701

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    Memorial to WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam

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    This is another Memorial to our veterans of WWI, WWII, Koren, and Vietnam. It is located in the plaza next to the Hall of Records. It is a lovely addition of what is already here to memorialize those who have served and died to "protect our safety and our freedom!"

    Located across from the Orange County Courthouse.

    Hall of Records
    12 Civic Center Plaza
    Santa Ana, CA 92701

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    Gulf War Veterans Memorial

    by Yaqui Written Nov 23, 2008

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    This plaza left no stone unturned in making sure Orange County recognizes all its veterans and public service personnel. This one is dedicated to the veterans of the Gulf War. Another lovely addition to all the memorials located here. Across from the Orange County Courthouse.

    Hall of Records
    12 Civic Center Plaza
    Santa Ana, CA 92701

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    Orange County Firemans Memorial

    by Yaqui Written Nov 23, 2008

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    This is a memorial to those firemen who lost their lives serving the citizens of orange county. It is lovely sculpture that captures the heart and shows the ultimate dedication of paying with ones life to help, protect and serve.

    Located across from the Orange County Courthouse.

    Hall of Records
    12 Civic Center Plaza
    Santa Ana, CA 92701

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