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Our Next Event

The Progressive Dinner

Save the Date!

3 Different Courses at 3 Different Neighborhood Homes.

In the designing stages now, more Info will be posted soon!

If you'd like to be a Host Home or Help with the planning of such a great event....please reach out to Christine Denny-Helvig at cdennyhelvig@msn.com

 

 

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Park Santiago Historic Homes

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The Goodwin House

The Goodwin House was built circa 1907 and is a great example of Dutch Revival architecture.

The main defining characteristic is the cross-gabled gambrel roof, which is usually a symmetrical with two-sided roof with 2 slopes on each side.  The upper slope is positioned at a shallow angle while the lower slope is steep. This design provides the advantages of a sloped roof while maximizing height inside the building's upper level or attic.

This is the childhood home of local Santa Ana artist Jean Goodwin Ames (1903-1986), who became famous for her artistic projects with the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.  She would be the first woman to chair the art department at Claremont College and was known for her many murals around Southern California.

 

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The first U.S. historic district was established in Charleston, South Carolina in 1931, predating the U.S. federal government designation by more than three decades. Charleston city government designated an "Old and Historic District" by local ordinance and created a board of architectural review to oversee it. New Orleans followed in 1937, establishing the Vieux Carré Commission and authorizing it to act to maintain the historic character of the city's French Quarter. Other localities picked up on the concept, with the city of Philadelphia enacting its historic preservation ordinance in 1955.

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Taylor-ogelsby house

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The Taylor-Oglesby House is architecturally significant as a fine example of the Classic Box variant in the Colonial Revival style.  One of a pair of very similar homes located next to each other on over-sized parcels, the house is also notable as one of the earlier homes in the Park Santiago Neighborhood. According to previous research and neighborhood lore, this house and it's neighbor 2520 Valencia Street were constructed for 2 elderly sisters, Laura and Mary Taylor, by their brother Charles Taylor and were originally identical.

From 1908-1918 City directories list the Taylor's on Edgewood Road, with no house numbers.  In 1922 Thomas W. Oglesby, a paving contractor, his wife Susie and children Rebecca + Thomas Jr. were living at 423 Edgewood Road. In 1927 this house became 2410 Valencia.

The previous owners, Wendall Cole and family resided in the house since 1959.  Mr. Cole's grandfather, Porter Charles Edmond, was one of the pioneer families in Orange County and was a farmer on Fruit Street who later delivered fresh groceries to both of the Taylor Houses in the early 1900's by a horse drawn buck board.

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This house was substantially north of the original city core. The neighborhood's boundaries reflected the transportation lines that were constructed towards the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century, when the Pacific Electric Railroad right-of-way mirrored the freeway route.

The Taylor-Oglesby House qualifies for listing on the Santa Ana Register of Historical Properties under Landmark designation due to it's unique architectural significance as a well-detailed and highly intact example of the Classic Box variant of the Colonial Revival style.  Notable are the box-like massing, hipped roof with dormer, Tuscan columns and ornamental treatment of the windows and brackets.

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Taylor-Gustlin House

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The Taylor-Gustlin House is one of a pair of sister houses that were built in 1910.  It's another example of Colonial Revival with a subtle Victorian design, wrap-around porch and the implied turret.  This was the home for most of it's early history of Abraham Gustlin, a walnut rancher whose family owned much of this area as well as what would become Floral Park.  He was also the father of local pianist Clarence Gustlin.  The Gustlins lived in the home until the middle 1930's when Abraham passed away.

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Enderle House

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The Enderle House, built in 1909 exemplifies American Four Square in the Colonial Revival Style.  The home was built in the tract that was formally known as the Nob Hill tract at the turn of the century, which was cut in half by the freeway in the 1960s.  This home was the site of tragedy when, in 1923, Ms. Catherine Enderle was killed when her gas stove exploded in the house.

Avalon Street

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Nestled in the heart of our neighborhood is Avalon Street where Susan Luna has built and maintains all the charming fairy gardens in the parkway.

Always a fun street to stroll, it allows your imagination to jump into this whimsical world...whether you have kids or not.

According to folklore, fairies possess the power to bring health, happiness and spiritual blessings and weld magic to make your garden grow! Fairies will dance among the flowers and protect your garden while you sleep.

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Fairy Rules

~Don't use iron or nickel in your garden as they will repel your fairies.

~Fairies appreciate when you recycle, compost, and garden organically.

~Perfect playmates for fairies are fire flies, ladybugs & butterflies.

~Fairies love honey, sugar & sweet cakes.

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Edgewood Park History

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Park Santiago was historically known as "the Northside" with it’s rich history dating back to the early 20th century. The area was once part of the vast Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, a Mexican land grant given to Antonio Yorba in 1810. Following the secularization of the missions in the 1830s, the land was divided and sold off, eventually leading to the establishment of the modern community.

In the late 19th century, Park Santiago was covered in citrus, walnut and avocado trees.  It’s ranch houses and packing sheds were like islands in a sea of green. As the city expanded north, streets like Bush, Spurgeon, French, Poinsettia and Santiago connected Park Santiago, which didn't have a name back then, to French Park and ultimatley to Downtown Santa Ana.

It wasn't until the building boom after World War I that Park Santiago began to shift from agriculture to residential; being subdivided into nearly 40 different sections by land speculators over the next 30 years. The majority were former ranch owners looking to cash in on their land value. 

Vestiges of these ranch homes can be found on Valencia Street with the two sister houses at 2510 and 2520 Valencia.

Between 17th and the 5 Freeway you'll find the neighborhoods’ oldest section where 501 East 20th Street still features its original barn. Additionally, 2526 and 2530 Santiago are examples of early Craftsman architecture, usually marked by gabled roofs and covered front porches.

Due to the proximity to Downtown, the Park and its water supply from Santiago Creek, homes sprang up quickly before other northern neighborhoods like Floral Park. Allison Honer, the man credited with developing most of Floral Park, lived at 2415 French Street from the early 1920s through the mid-1930s while he was building homes throughout the city.

In the winter of 1922, the area bound by Edgewood Road, Santiago Street, Santa Clara Ave and North Valencia Street, was the site of a new $80,000 subdivision known as Edgewood Park. This is how Edgewood Street got its name with its iconic palm trees and mixture of revival architectural styles. Edgewood Park was marketed as a highly exclusive and restricted development with between 4 and 8 walnut trees per household, which easily would have paid for the owners' property taxes at the time! Other developments included Oakmont Park, North Park, and Bungalow Square.

Development slowed in the Depression and fully stopped during the war years, leading to the mix of post-war housing that's now found throughout the neighborhood, such as on Spurgeon Street and Avalon, Buffalo, and Catalina. These were originally off-base housing for Marine and Navy Officers serving at MCAS El Toro and NAS Tustin at the lighter-than-air blimp hangars.

Today, Park Santiago continues to thrive as a testament to Santa Ana's enduring charm and its residents' commitment to preserving its historic heritage.

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