Casa Romantica

A Historical Look

San Clemente is one of the first master-
planned cities in California. Co-founder
Ole Hanson came to the site to create
his ideal community, a "Spanish Village
by the Sea."

In 1927, Hanson built the Casa Romantica
as his family home, and expression of his
version of the California dream. The seven
-bedroom, seven-bath house was designed
by Carl Lindbom, who also designed La
Casa Pacifica (the former Western White
House).

Over the years, the house passed through
various owners until Lambert and Patricia
Schuyler (pronounced Skyler) bought the
property in 1946 and named it Casa
Romantica. The ex- Mrs. Fred Waring (of
orchestra fame) purchased the home in
1952. Four years later, Mrs. Waring sold
the home to Muriel and Leslie Whitehouse,
who named it Casa Blanca after their name.
In 1960 the property began a new life, and
was operated as a senior citizens' home
until 1984 by George and Louise Welsh,
who renamed it Casa Romantica.

From 1984 until 2000, the Casa was leased
to a private business for special events. The
San Clemente Redevelopment Agency
purchased the property from the Welsh
Family Partnership in 1989.

Casa Romantica was listed on the National
Registry of Historic Places in 1991.



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