Monday, November 02, 2009

Casino, H.B., new books, Capistrano & Anaheim

Today's photo shows Huntington Beach in November 1934. I'd guess our vantage point is from the end of today's Goldenwest Ave. The photographer is looking down the coast toward Downtown H.B. The pier is just visible.
LAB Holding Co. has received approval to operate the landmark Casino San Clemente (1937) as a restaurant and special events venue. Frankly, I was getting a little worried about this place, so this seems like a big step in the right direction. It's harder to bulldoze a place when people are inside eating dinner.
Architect Richard Dodd has written a new book about historic styles of residential architecture throughout Orange County. Right now, you can only get copies through the author. I'll let you know as it becomes available elsewhere. You probably remember Dodd from his talks to many local historical organizations.
Rev. William F. Krekelberg has written a new history book entitled, Mission San Juan Capistrano. He says it features information about the Mission "that was unknown in earlier works." I'm always pleased to see someone break new ground! The book is available at the mission for $20. The author will sign books at the Soldiers Barracks (on the Mission grounds) Nov. 14, noon-1pm, and Nov. 19, 1-1:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Also in Mission news, Anthony Moiso is stepping down as president of the Mission Preservation Foundation after 12 years. He will still be on the board, but the president positional will be filled by George O'Connell. Moiso, President and CEO of Rancho Mission Viejo, was a founding member of the Foundation, which raises money for Mission San Juan Capistrano.
I'm a bit late reporting it, but Cynthia Ward had a good entry on her Anaheim Life blog about the origins of Anaheim's Halloween Parade. (Stuff I definitely did not know.) Meanwhile, Ken at OutsideTheBerm posted some wonderful "haunted ephemera" from Knott's and Disneyland.


The OC Gazette said...

It'll be good to see the old San Clemente Casino building getting some use. It's such a beautiful building!

outsidetheberm said...

Such good news for Casino San Clemente! The structure is spectacular, and more than a few out here were worried for its future. Thanks for the update.

rockdad said...

Dick Dodd is an old family friend. He flew small planes here in OC with my stepfather and the two of them did a lot of scuba diving together also. He's still a working architect and I highly recommend his book.

Mike Boeck