A nonprofit organization in San Clemente, California, known as Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, provides cultural activities for people of all ages. It was renamed Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in 2015. The organization was established in 2002 by a charter of the City of San Clemente and is housed in the historic home of Ole Hanson, who was a co-founder of the City of San Clemente at its current location. On December 27, 1991, the National Register of Historic Places classified Casa Romantica in Orange County, California, as one of the nation’s most important architectural landmarks.
The town of San Clemente was founded in the early 1920s by Ole Hanson, a real estate entrepreneur and one-time mayor of Seattle who toured the area and chose the site for his dream city, a “Spanish Village by the Sea.” In 1925, Hanson persuaded individuals who had traveled from Los Angeles and the surrounding areas for a free chicken supper and a sales pitch to purchase more than 300 lots in what was then a bleak terrain isolated from the rest of southern California. Hanson died on December 6, 1925.
A master-planned community in California, San Clemente was created by Hanson and co-founder H.H. Cotton. The town borders consist of around five miles of coastline by one mile from the coasts to the interior hills, making it one of the state’s earliest master-planned communities. Hanson commissioned architect Carl Lindbom to create a residence for his family that would overlook the Pacific Ocean in 1927, and the result was a masterpiece. In addition to designing La Casa Pacifica (formerly known as the Western White House), Lindbom oversaw the construction of Hanson’s California Dream home, a seven-bedroom, seven-bath residence that was built with the finest materials and technological innovations available at the time of its construction.
Oscar Easley, who was responsible for much of San Clemente’s street grading and who also built the Oscar Easley Block, which subsequently became City Hall, laid the foundation for the house. They imported exotic furniture, plants, and animals to their home as well as colorful fish that populated the courtyard pool and several horses for riding on the sand.
It is possible to reserve Casa Romantica for special events such as weddings, photography and videography shoots, and other corporate or private gatherings and gatherings. A number of publications, including WeddingWire, Sunset magazine, The Knot, and AAA’s Westways magazine, have highlighted it as a top Orange County wedding location.