February 9, 2018

Preservation Personals: A Pedigreed Spanish Colonial Pad from the Roaring '20s

  • By: Mikayla Raymond

I’m a Spanish Colonial Revival beauty in San Clemente, California, with some serious star power. I was built by Paul R. Williams, early African American starchitect, in 1928. Williams was the first African American member of AIA, and the first black registered architect west of the Mississippi. Not to brag, but he also built the homes of some of the biggest names of my time, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. I was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, which proves my best years are yet to come. Move over, Greta Garbo!

Let’s talk a bit about what I have to offer. Here’s a hint: It's more than just my panoramic ocean views! I’m two stories of white stucco, topped with handmade red-tile roofs. Pops of teal on the curved door and window surrounds help bring a bit of that Spanish Colonial flavor. I have a front porch with a fireplace, and no fewer than four balconies, from which you can fully appreciate my Mediterranean-inspired landscaping year-round. I'm surrounded by almost over half an acre of seaside relaxation, with a gazebo and hundreds of bougainvillea, roses, and native California plants. I'm simply made for entertaining out-of-doors—I'll admit I was a bit of a party girl back in my day.

But come on inside, and admire my high, coffered ceilings and the natural light streaming in from my many windows onto my white oak and Spanish tile floors. From original door and window hardware to corbelled arches and coved archways, it's the details that really make me stand out. With 4,800 square feet, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a circular library, a wet bar, and a fireplace, I may not come cheap, but I'm more than worth it. Learn more about me here.

My front elevation.

photo by: Dena Van Slyke

San Clemente, CA 92672.

My  front door and front  patio.

photo by: Dena Van Slyke

My inviting front door ushers you inside, or straight through to the backyard.

Check out my main living space!

photo by: Dena Van Slyke

Coffered ceilings, detailed archways, and wall niches are just a few of the details I have to offer.

Mikayla Raymond is a proud preservationist and editorial intern at the National Trust. She lives for public parks, weird art, and women’s history.


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