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Tustin Then and Now

Photos provided by Sharyn Sakimoto of At Play Photography, Greg Figge of Figge Photography, First American Title and the Tustin Area Historical Museum. Other resources: Tustin: An Illustrated History by Carol Jordan, and City of Tustin Historical Resource Survey, October 2002. Many thanks to Mitch DeBenedetto, Aloha Graphics & Printing, for allowing the use of the photos.

Tustin Blacksmith Shop

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Tustin Blacksmith Shop

This Tustin landmark, which received the 2010 Judges Stewardship Award, is owned by Victor Andersen who inherited it from his father. The Western Falsefront architecture is familiar to those who have watched early western movies. For a peek inside, look for Huell Howser’s California Gold episode on Old Town...

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Tustin Unified School District Office

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Tustin Unified School District Office

On the left is the Tustin Grammar School, built in 1882 at a cost of slightly more than $5,000. The photo below shows the school district’s office in the 50’s and 60’s. Notice that the historic school bell, used in early years to call the children to class, sits atop both buildings. The bell, which was cast in New York in 1883, now resides in front of the present District office.  ...

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Advent Church

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Advent Church

This charming house of worship is Orange County’s oldest continuously active Protestant church occupied by its original denomination congregation. Built in 1881, it later incorporated parts of the Tustin Presbyterian Church’s original building when that church was remodeled.  ...

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Tustin Presbyterian Church

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Tustin Presbyterian Church

The early Victorian style church was replaced in 1929 with the Spanish Colonial and Gothic building you see today, including the Rose Window. The land was donated by David and Matilda Hewes for the original building and they helped raise the funds to build the church....

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The McCharles House

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The McCharles House

From family residence to nursery school to tea house, this Cottage Queen Ann Victorian building has maintained its style. In the backyard, you can see the gazebo transplanted from the Disneyland Hotel. It was the winner of the 2008 Tustin Preservation Conservancy’s Judges Stewardship Award for the careful preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse it exemplifies.  ...

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Cottages

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Cottages

Old Town Tustin is filled with a wide variety of charming bungalows and cottages. Styles range from the elegant California Craftsman (top) to the Tudor Revival (bottom). Others include Spanish Colonial and California bungalows. They are the favorites of young families looking for a place to settle with a true neighborhood feel.  ...

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Hewes House

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Hewes House

Developer and philanthropist David Hewes moved from this Italianate home after his wife died in 1887. Without regard for architectural styles, Superintendent of Schools Benjamin Beswick raised the upstairs walls, flattened the roof and added rooms, turning the home into a boarding house for teachers. It was renovated in the 1970’s and made an Orange County Historical landmark in time for the Bicentennial in...

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Tustin Garage

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Tustin Garage

  Once a stop on the trek from Los Angeles to San Diego to “fill’er up”, it’s now a convenient stop to fill up on delicious BBQ. This project won the Tustin Conservancy’s Outstanding Adaptive Reuse award in...

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First National Bank of Tustin

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First National Bank of Tustin

The demolition of this magnificent Richardsonian Romanesque masterpiece is one of the most poignant losses in Old Town Tustin history. Due to earthquake damage and the lack of funds to retrofit it, what remained of the building was demolished in the 1960’s. A small remembrance of it is still attached to the east front wall of the Tustin Hardware...

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The Vance House

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The Vance House

A rare example of stick Victorian architecture, this house was named for Charles Vance who bought the home in 1917 together with an interest in the First National Bank of Tustin. Rumors of Mr. Vance’s ghost inhabiting the home have been denied....

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The Bowman House

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The Bowman House

One of the most elegant bungalows in Old Town Tustin, this California Craftsman features all the traits of the Arts and Crafts period. The curved wood trim around the front doors and windows reflects the fascination with Japanese architecture during the early 1900’s when it was...

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Tustin’s First Physician’s Office

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Tustin’s First Physician’s Office

This charming Italianate building, constructed in 1885, housed the first doctor for the growing community. Over time, the Board and Batten structure was increased in size with the addition of shop windows. It has housed many businesses in its one hundred plus years, including a shop selling prom dresses for local young ladies....

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Artz Building

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Artz Building

Known as the Artz building, this site of Rutabegorz restaurant once housed the local general store. The beautiful Neo Classical Revival architecture with its Ionic columns is unique in Tustin’s historic district. In 2009, this building received the Tustin Preservation Conservancy’s Outstanding Preservation...

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Cox’s Market

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Cox’s Market

This gold and tan brick Neoclassical Commercial style building has housed many businesses since it was built for Columbus Tustin’s son Sam around 1925. It’s best known for housing Cox’s Market, and the Cox family still owns it today. In 2011, they were honored with the Tustin Preservation- Conservancy’s Outstanding Preservation...

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