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Oldest House Meets the Future

Oldest House Meets the Future

The “oldest house in Laguna” will undergo modernization following a controversial 3-2 vote of the City Council on Tuesday despite an hour of passionate discourse mostly opposing the remodeling of the historic $3.2 million beachfront cottage. The major changes in contention at 154 Pearl Street are the addition of a 1,500-square-foot house to the cottage’s […]

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City Halts Historic Building Designations

City Halts Historic Building Designations

A year-long moratorium on certain historic building designations was approved by the City Council Tuesday night along with a Dec. 15 deadline to apply for historic status, which reduces property taxes under the state Mills Act. The deadline was extended by a month to include three houses in town already in the process of historic […]

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Pride in Restoring a Historic Building

Pride in Restoring a Historic Building

Editor,   City Councilmember Verna Rollinger’s recent commentary regarding ”preservation over restoration” of historic buildings and their ability to comply with Mills Act standards disregarded the fact that historic buildings can also be evaluated based on their cultural significance to the city and not just the extent to which the original structure remains intact. (“Can Something New Be Old?” […]