The Story of San Clemente, The Spanish Village

By: Homer Banks, pseudonym for Ole Hanson (1874-1940)

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FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 x 6 3/8 inches. [iv], 80 pp. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece of Ole Hanson, decorative initials, many black-and-white photographic illustrations of San Clemente; text clean, unmarked. Blind-ruled and gilt-stamped red leatherette, clear archival mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, light rubbing to boards and jacket including the gilt on the front cover. Pencil notations on front free end-paper: "T. Lewis, Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, San Clemente, Calif, 4/15/41." Very Good. San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California. Located on the California Coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego at the southern tip of Orange County, it is known for its ocean, hill, and mountain views, a pleasant climate, and its Spanish Colonial-style architecture. San Clemente was among the first master planned communities built from totally open land in the United States. In 1925, the former Mayor of Seattle, Ole Hanson (1874-1940), an out-of-town land developer, purchased and designed a 2,000-acre community, having been backed by a syndicate headed by Hamilton Cotton. Hanson laid out an expansive plan based on the Spanish Colonial architectural style including restaurants, a clubhouse, residences, public parks, and public pool, a fishing pier, and equestrian trials, many of these buildings documented in this volume. Part of Hanson's motivation was to provide a haven to individuals tired of the ills of "the big city." After his term as Mayor of Seattle, Hanson went on the lecture circuit where he addressed conservative civic groups promoting opposition to labor unions and Bolshevism. See: Wikipedia. But Hanson also built San Clemente as a refuge for the white race, as he makes clear in Chapter XII, "The Future" in this book, p. 79: "The Pacific Coast is the terminal station of the age-old journey of the white race who now spanned the globe." San Clemente's restrictive housing covenant can be found on the first page of the "Grant Deed Bank of America National Trust and Savings Corporation," Trust Number, 578 N.S., Tract 852, on file with Equity Title Company. REFERENCE: Ryan Jordan, "Remembering the Forgotten Village of San Onofre: An Untold Story of Race Relations," note 39, p. 40.

Title: The Story of San Clemente, The Spanish Village

Author Name: Homer Banks, pseudonym for Ole Hanson (1874-1940)

Categories: California Local History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: San Clemente, CA, El Heraldo de San Clemente: 1930

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Fine

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: EPG1017-008

Keywords: Ole Hanson, Homer Banks, The Story of San Clemente, The Spanish Village, Real Estate Development, California Local History