Friday, September 18, 2009

St. John's, Francelia Goddard, Newport Harbor HS

Today's photo shows St. John's Lutheran Church and School on S. Olive St. in Orange. This church building was replaced with the current one (which is most impressive!) in 1914. Thanks to St. Johns' and Katie Schroeder for the photo.
Francelia Goddard, librarian, college instructor, local (Santa Ana) historian, and widow of Allen W. Goddard, died Sept. 8 at age 102. Her obituary is posted online. The memorial service will be held at Waverly Chapel, 1700 Fairhaven Ave, Santa Ana, at noon on Sept. 26.
The Newport Harbor High School bell tower and adjacent buildings -- recently demolished -- have now been rebuilt at a cost of $55.5 million. For that price, I'm sure they could have retrofitted the historic buildings instead of building replicas.
The Laguna Beach lifeguard force is celebrating it's 80th anniversary.
The White House Restaurant (1909) in Anaheim (which is on the National Register of Historic Places,) is planning to add another building between the historic structure and the street.
Talk about old O.C. and new O.C. coming together,... Tustin's new Citrus Ranch Park features 1,000 lemon trees. (A wonderful and welcomed nod to our citrus heritage!) However, you won't be able to pick any because you might hurt yourself or damage the irrigation system. Presumably, the trees will be safely behind a tall fence. Joni Mitchell saw it coming: "They took all the trees, and put 'em in a tree museum. And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see 'em."
Speaking of trees, those with an interest in Orange County's rustic past may be interested in the new exhibit at the Irvine Museum. It's always nice to see images of O.C. before we paved over most of it. The Irvine Museum often exhibits some really beautiful art -- and this is no exception.

1 comment:

Doug said...

Chris..good to see your post updated.
Thanks for keeping the masses informed on our cultural heritage.
Sure hope an official does not decide that the bell tower at Huntington Beach High School is not safe...
The old buildings at Santa Ana High School also fell to the wrecking ball, because they were declared unsafe...The WPA built an all new set of structures