Mural Restoration at Historic Casa Romantica, San Clemente, Orange County, CA

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I was at the historical home and event center, Casa Romantica last week, in San Clemente, Orange County,  CA. As part of our mural restoration efforts, I was the featured speaker at an evening event to a responsive group about the adventures of doing art conservation internationally and nationally. We also discussed what people can do at home to take care of their stuff. We had a very warm and responsive group as I gave a talk and showed photos about travel, adventures, interesting stories and projects in our business of Fine Art Conservation. They laughed at all my jokes and nobody fell asleep!

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is an award-winning center for the arts and historic landmark in South Orange County. They provide a rich selection of performances, exhibitions, lectures, workshops & tours year-round to people of all ages. As south Orange County’s major cultural institution, Casa Romantica has developed a reputation for wide-ranging cultural programming that brings international talent to San Clemente.

Casa Romantica’s bluff-top campus is the former home of Ole Hanson, the founder of San Clemente. The historic landmark is open daily for self-guided and docent-led tours of the home, permanent exhibits, and 2.5 acres of lush coastal gardens. Casa Romantica was designed by noted architect Carl Lindbom. Situated on 5 acres, it was developed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style which was popularized in the 1920s. It was built in 1927 as the family home of the Hansons. Ole Hanson was an ambitious and enterprising individual who rose from humble beginnings in Wisconsin to become a lawyer, a grocer, the mayor of Seattle (1918-19), and a land developer. When financier Hamilton Cotton purchased 2,000 acres of land then known as the Rancho Boca de la Playa in 1923, he recruited Hanson to plan a ‘Spanish Village By The Sea.’ The resort-style community he developed was characterized by its striking Spanish Colonial-revival architecture, with his own blufftop mansion as the cornerstone model. Even from the beginning, Ole Hanson’s home functioned as a cultural and civic resource. From the gracious design of the property to the exotic gardens, carefully appointed furnishings, and frequent visits of notable persons, Casa Romantica became a unique and treasured destination.

The next morning after my presentation, Facilities deinstalled the two murals, that were fit into two niches, very professionally and safely. We loaded them into our transport vehicle and I brought them to our lab for painting conservation treatments. More on this later!!

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About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at
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