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Los Rios Historic Center Moves Closer to Completion

The OC Register has a nice article about the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society and its project to restore three early adobes that (combined with the O’Neill Museum) will become the Los Rios Historic Center.

The buildings are the 1918 Arley Leck bungalow, the 1890s Oyharzabal House and the 1794 Jose Maria Silvas Adobe. They and the O’Neill Museum, an 1870s Victorian also known as the Garcia/Pryor House, are on a 2.6-acre portion of Los Rios Street in San Juan’s oldest residential neighborhood.  “The Los Rios Historic Center will provide restored historic structures to house the extensive cultural collections of the (Historical) Society for all to enjoy,” said Tom Ostensen, the group’s president. “Each of the unique structures has significant historical stories associated with them.”

We also wanted to publicly acknowledge and thank those who have donated money, goods or services in furtherance of San Juan’s historic preservation.  According to the Historical Society, donor’s have provided $45,000 towards the restoration efforts and Rancho Mission Viejo Company has contributed equipment.  In addition, the O’Neill family and William Lyon Homes previously contributed to the restoration and preservation of these three historic homes.

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