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COSTA MESA : Officials Identify Sites With Historical Value

In a city not known for having a large number of historical buildings, officials are setting out to preserve the ones that remain.

“The fact is that most of the historical buildings in the city have been destroyed,” Mayor Joe Erickson said. “It would be nice if we have something left.”

To that end, the city staff has surveyed Costa Mesa, seeking buildings deemed to be of historical significance. In total, the city survey declared there are about three dozen sites worth preserving.

Among those are well-known buildings such as the Estancia Adobe and the Santa Ana Army Air Base, along with lesser-known places such as the home of Charles TeWinkle, the first mayor of Costa Mesa.

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The City Council will now consider whether it will require owners of such properties to get special permission if they wish to demolish the buildings.


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