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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.
Photographed 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 in the
Judge Egan House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Byron Flynt, February 8, 2019
2. Judge Egan House Marker
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Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
 
Location. 33° 29.973′ N, 117° 39.744′ 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. Judge Richard Egan House (a few steps from this marker); Egan House (a few steps from this marker); "El Adobe de Capistrano" (within shouting distance of this marker); Domingo Yorba Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker); Esslinger Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Provincial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Garcia Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker); Manuel Garcia Adobe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Juan Capistrano.
 
Judge Egan House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
3. Judge Egan House
Judge Egan House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, August 13, 2020
4. Judge Egan House
Marker can be seen in the middle right of image, in the center of the building facing the street.
National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, August 19, 2017
5. National Register of Historic Places
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California.   3. submitted on May 26, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 16, 2022