Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Santa Ana Edition

The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society (SAHPS) needs volunteers for historical salvage operations. On Sat., March 17th, they'll have a crew of volunteers removing various building materials from older houses slated for demolition by the City. That will be followed by a salvage sale in the next month or two. If you can help for a few hours or the whole day, they could use the help. Contact Nathan or Roberta at 714 953-1876 or via email.

The Floral Park Neighborhood’s annual home tour will be held April 28th and 29th. This is one of the best tours of its kind in O.C. (Although you should check out the Anaheim tour in early summer also.) See Santa Ana in a whole new light. Discounted presale tickets are available if you order by April 23. Go to their website for more information.

SAHPS Annual Dinner Update: In addition to the aforementioned presentation on local theatres of the early 1900s, the SAHPS’ annual dinner will include the presentation of several awards. This year’s honorees include architect Don Krotee, “beloved” local historian Jim Sleeper (who finds SAHPS’ choice of adjectives amusing), and City Manager Dave Ream. For event information, click here.

The historic Twist-Basler House (1914) in Santa Ana will be moved to Cabrillo Park in late Spring 2007. (It is being moved to make way for the still-tenantless, 37-story, “One Broadway Plaza” project.) Additionally, someone at the City of Santa Ana is trying to research the history of the house for a grant application for its restoration. I’m kind of surprised that they haven’t visited us in the O.C. Archives, where the actual property records are available.
The photo above shows the building when it was the Twist residence.

Link: Information on Twist-Basler house (241Kb doc file)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog. I learned about it from our O.C. History teacher, Diane Ryan. We appreciate having a blog where we can share news and learn more about Orange County.

Chris Jepsen said...

Well welcome aboard. Do feel free to post as often as you like here. Just because there hasn't been a lot of cross-chatter here doesn't mean I don't welcome it.

I also appreciate any interesting local history news or other related items of interest you'd like to share or promote. Just email them to me, or just tack them onto a post if you prefer.


Anonymous said...

Do you have any information on the older properties in the Park Santiago area? Especially the properties located on N. Valencia? I have a cub scout den who needs to fulfill a requirement by learning about older properties in their area. We don't need specifics on ownership - just basic history (i.e. when they were built, by whom, etc.)