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San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Judge Egan House

1883

 
 
Judge Egan House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Flynt, February 8, 2019
1. Judge Egan House Marker
Inscription.  Egan House was constructed in 1883 by Judge Richard Egan. Also known as “Harmony Hall”, the story-and-a-half Renaissance Revival building served as the town courthouse, as well as Judge Egan’s private residence on the upper story. The upper floor was devastated by a fire in 1897, but was subsequently restored by the original contractor.

Judge Egan wore many hats during his time in San Juan Capistrano, and was routinely re-elected as Justice of the Peace from 1870 to 1890. In 1896, he initiated critical repairs to save Mission San Juan Capistrano. His active involvement and leadership in the community earned him the nickname “King of Capistrano”.

The local Griffith family purchased Judge Egan House in 2014 and completed its rehabilitation in 2016. This iconic building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.
 
Erected 2018 by Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 142-5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included

Judge Egan House image. Click for full size.
By Byron Flynt, February 8, 2019
2. Judge Egan House
in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list.
 
Location. 33° 29.929′ N, 117° 39.76′ W. Marker is in San Juan Capistrano, California, in Orange County. Marker is on Camino Capistrano 0.2 miles south of Ortega Highway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31892 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Egan House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "El Adobe de Capistrano" (about 300 feet away); Domingo Yorba Adobe (about 400 feet away); Esslinger Building (about 500 feet away); Garcia Adobe (about 500 feet away); Manuel Garcia Adobe (about 600 feet away); San Juan Capistrano Jail Cell (about 700 feet away); Historic Town Center Park / The Mendelson Inn (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Juan Capistrano.
 
Regarding Judge Egan House. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places - #100000460
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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Mar. 5, 2021