Category Archives: Laguna Beach Real Estate

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Sean’s 1 Minute Update (May 2016)

Sean’s 1 minute Update


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Laguna Friends of Architecture pays a special tribute to the groundbreaking architect Zaha Hadid who recently died at the age of 65

Professor Jackie Hahn, a LFA favorite, who has a special affinity for Dame Hadid, will be presenting the work and life of this special world citizen.


Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE was an Iraqi-born British architect whose soaring structures left a mark on skylines and imaginations around the world. She was the first Arab woman who received the Pritzker Architecture Prize, winning it in 2004. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

Join your fellow Hadid fans for a glass of wine and cheese morsels before the presentation at the LCAD back yard.

We’ll see you Friday, May 13th, 6 o’clock (don’t stop home first) at Studio 12 at LCAD.

Some of Hadid’s work

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More info on speaker Jackie Hahn who delighted the LFA group with a presentation of legend Le Corbusier

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The Hangover House – An incredible Laguna Story

In the 1930’s Richard Haliburton was a ‘rock star’ – His partner built him a ‘Landmark of Modern Architecture’ for a place to escape his fans. It’s the inspiration for Ann Rand’s Heller house in Fountainhead



In the 1930s Richard Halliburton, a travel journalist, was a ‘rock star’ and as popular as Charles Lindberg and Amelia Earhart. He had swam the Panama Canal, (he paid 38 cents to go through the locks), crossed the Alps on an elephant, retraced the track of Cortez’ conquest of Mexico, went around the world in an open cockpit plane and much, much more.  The people of the time just loved his adventure books since it was the only way to visualize traveling being pre TV.


Click here to read the whole story

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The Presbyterian Church

image005The Laguna Presbyterian church totally remodeled to original architecture

image008The Presbyterian church. Totally remodeled to replicated the original church

image009The Presbyterian church’s original stain glass windows were kept and cleaned when remodeled

image012The rose garden at the Presbyterian Church

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Why they called it Forest Ave: (1905)

During the Timber-Culture Act period of 1871, migration to the “Golden West” was encouraged and families who arrived were allowed to stake out a 160-acre homestead claim so long as they planted the “Ten acres of trees” required by Congress on the claim within the first two years.( in Laguna’s case a lotta Australian Eucalyptus) Worthless for timber, it did however fill the check mark in the box and you were deeded the land (some of the earliest ones were even sighed by the President!) The groves planted in the 1880’s helped form the character of Laguna and added much-needed shade, although as lumber they were virtually useless. The groves grew so prodigiously that in the 1910’s, trees had to be cut down by the dozen to carve out space for the growing community. Many of the trees you still see in Laguna today, are descendents of those originally planted trees

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