Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Today's post is all Santa Ana, starting with the photo above, which is a detail from a 1946 postcard showing North Main St. The Horton Furniture building and the adjacent Arcade are still standing. A Jack In The Box now stands at the corner of Civic Center Drive, where the California Hotel was. The dome in the background was the Congregational Church.
The two construction/demolition photos above and the court photo at right came from the same set of 1936 images of Santa Ana (which I sadly did not win on Ebay). The two above show construction at what appears to be Santa Ana High School. New classroom and shop buildings, designed by Allison & Allison, were built that year. I have no idea where the bungalow court is/was located, but it's a nice contemporary image of that style of building.
The historic Floral Park Neighborhood will host their annual Home & Garden Tour on Sat. and Sun., April 25-26, 10am-4pm. In addition to tours of the area's vintage homes and gardens, there will also be an antique/collectables sale and a classic cars display. Tickets are $30 and will be sold at booths at Flower St. & 19th St. and at Santa Clara Ave. & Victoria Dr.
The Old Courthouse Museum's new exhibit is "Past Tents: The Way We Camped," which explores the history of camping in California from the mid-1800s to the 1950s. Not much O.C. content yet, but I understand some may be added later. The exhibition runs through June 5th.


Kiril The Mad Macedonian said...

Wow! Great pictures, and great collection of resources in the sidebar!

How the hell have I gone 2 years without noticing you?

Must be getting senile in my old age. ;-D

Kiril The Mad Macedonian said...

Hey, did ya notice that the folks at the Spanish Research site at AOl, in your sidebar, seem to no longer be there?

Everyone seems to be in an uproar, and confused at what AOL did to the site.

Wonder if they managed to open up elsewhere?

CoxPilot said...

Are these photos of the old Santa Ana Polytechnic High on Walnut? My father graduated from there. The big greek columns seem to indicate that.


LoveCAhistory said...

My mother, Grace Jenkins, born in 1916, grew up in Santa Ana. Her favorite Aunt Annis Platt moved into Bungalow Court in the late 1920's or early 30's, where she cut hair in the living room of her apartment. Her business card reads, "Vanity Fair Haircutting Parlors." The phone number was 1447 and Annis had a decorator design her living space to make it special for her clients. Evidently the tightly knit community living there also had side businesses in their apartments. The Bungalow Court was so popular that there was a long waiting list, but the most unique thing about the apartments was that it was located in downtown Santa Ana on the second story at 308 1/2 N. Sycamore above an office which housed the Santa Ana post office. An Orange County director lists the Bungalow Apartments as still being there in 1935.