Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens located in San Clemente, is south Orange County’s major cultural institution. Overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean, this historic estate is not just a venue but an experience, offering visitors a glimpse into the charm of Southern California’s past.

Casa Romantica

Originally built in 1927 by Ole Hanson, the founder of San Clemente, this Spanish Colonial Revival residence serves as his representation of the California dream. Its architectural structure not only reflects the aspirations of its time, but also influenced the development of San Clemente.

Over the course of the twentieth century, ownership of the property changed hands several times until it was officially recognized as a historic landmark. Having been restored to its original beauty, the estate now beckons visitors to explore its offerings as a cultural arts center and an architectural and botanical destination.

This vibrant institution programs over 100 multi-cultural events every year, hosts a variety of educational programs, maintains 2.5 acres of diversified water-wise coastal flora from all over the world, and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually.