Cotton Estate, San Clemente
Spanish Colonial Revival detail, Monterey Lane, San Clemente

San Clemente Historic Resources Survey Update

The San Clemente City Council retained Historic Resources Group to conduct a Citywide Historic Resources Survey in order to update its existing inventory of historic resources, to provide complete documentation of all surveyed properties, and to make recommendations to the City Council on its ongoing efforts to designate historic resources in the city. As part of the project, HRG conducted a reconnaissance survey of all properties currently listed on the City’s Historic Structures List, documented historic properties on State DPR forms, and revised and expanded an existing historic context statement.

San Clemente boasts a substantial number of historically, architecturally, and culturally significant properties within its borders.  The physical character of San Clemente is largely attributable to the vision of a single individual – real estate developer and politician Ole Hanson. Between 1925 and 1936, Hanson and his supporters worked to carry out his vision for a “Spanish Village by the Sea.” The majority of extant historic resources in San Clemente identified during the survey update were constructed during this period, and are Spanish Colonial Revival in style.