The historic Santora Building in Santa Ana...

Compiled by Kenneth Williams

The historic Santora Building in Santa Ana reopens Sept. 6 with a public celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. The 1929 Spanish-style building at Broadway and 2nd Street, designed by architect Frank Lansdowne, once housed a jazz club, retail businesses and Daniger’s Tea Room, a popular gathering spot for Hollywood actors and others during the ‘30s and ‘40s.

The event, hosted by the Orange County Conservancy (a new committee of the Orange County Historical Society), the City of Santa Ana and Santora Partners of Upland (owners of the building), will include speeches--by Mayor Daniel Young and representatives of the historical society, Santa Ana Downtown Business Assn., Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and Santora Partners--as well as refreshments, a showing of vintage Packard automobiles and music by Gisele Clair and Douglas Hein of Ah, Sweet Melody.

Maps of the building--which now houses retail and office space--will be available for self-guided tours, and mini-buses will offer tours of historic downtown Santa Ana. Parking will be free. Information: (714) 557-7074.