Old Towne Preservation Association

Ice House

Old Towne’s Famous Ice House

Wednesday, April 16, 6:00pm

Join OTPA for our first general meeting of 2014 at the historic Ice House in Old Towne Orange on April 16, and meet your neighbors over wine and light fare.

Architect and preservationist Susan Secoy-Jensen owns and occupies the Ice House. She will take us on a tour of this unique 1930s cold storage facility, located at 160 S. Cypress Street, which was originally built to manufacture ice and circulate cold air throughout the building to keep stored citrus fruit fresh before it was shipped by rail to other parts of the country.

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Preservation Awards

Preservation Awards

The Preservation Awards are back! We are now seeking nominations! Once the nominations are received, independent judges will select the winners, who will then be announced at our Annual Preservation Award Dinner.

Many of your neighbors have rehabilitated, restored, preserved, beautified, landscaped, sympathetically extended or otherwise “fixed up” their homes and rentals in Old Towne Orange. We want to recognize these owners and residents, so please, take a moment to nominate them.

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2014 Election

2014 Election

January 29th, 6:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00pm for the annual formal election meeting at the Orange Community Library, Rotary Room.

The 2013 OTPA Board of Directors proposed a roster of candidates for the 2014 board and committee chairs. The three-person Nominating Committee of chairman Sandy Quinn and former OTPA Presidents Jeff Frankel and Dan Slater submitted the nominations to the board in October and they were approved unanimously.

The nominees include the following:

President - Michelle Carder
Vice President - Sandy Quinn
Treasurer - Garrett (An) Ngo
Recording Secretary - Steve Bennett
Jeff Frankel - Chair, Preservation Committee
Guy Hinrichs - Chair, Communications Committee
Joe Ledbetter - Chair, Fund Development Committee
Sheri Ledbetter - Chair, Education & Research Committee
Laree Lopez - Chair, Membership Committee
Jonathan Neal - Chair, Community Involvement Committee
Tony Trabucco - At Large
Sue Vaurs - Past President

Holiday Home Decoration Contest
Image from the Holiday Home Decoration Contest.

Deck the halls

Sunday, December 15th, 6:00pm

Get ready for the Holidays! It’s time for the Holiday Home Decoration Contest.

All Old Towne residents are invited to deck the halls and decorate your house in this annual tradition. Awards are given to Best Block, Most Old Fashioned, Best Use of Lights, Most Original and Most Beautiful. Judges will be cruising Old Towne to view the festive homes beginning at 6:00pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Join in this fun and joyful contest and add a bit of holiday spirit to the season.

See last year’s winners, OTPA on Facebook

2013 Historical Home Tour
Home from the 2013 Historic Home Tour.

2013 Home Tour

A special message from us to you.

The 2013 Old Towne Orange Historic Home Tour was an event not to miss! Over 1000 tickets were sold for our special 2-day event with tourgoers arriving from neighboring cities such as Riverside, Corona, Newport Beach, Irvine and parts of L.A.

Special thanks to Bobby & Lori Babcock of RWB Party Props, homeowners: Jeff & Sandy Frankel, Mike & Bonnie Gracia, Bob & Marva Hitchcock, Wayne Gensler & Glory Johnson and Joe Peters for opening the doors of their wonderful homes and commercial building for all to enjoy. And enjoy they did.

I’d also like to thank homeowner, Sandy Frankel, for not only having her home on the tour but handling the publicity and doing a stellar job; first time Floral Coordinator, Gayle Ray, worked with many florists around town to provide each home with one (or more!) arrangements that always add just that right ‘special touch’; Gary Zdenek for his fantastic graphic design abilities; my husband, Steve, and Jonathan Neal for providing support wherever and whenever needed. And, boy was it needed!

A centrally-located Will Call with parking is an essential component when planning the home tour, so we are very grateful to the Orange Public Library for allowing us to set up camp for the weekend. I know our visitors appreciated it as well. And, of course, thank you to Al Ricci for the Ricci Realty trolley driven by “Tony”. Tony and the trolley were, as always, a big hit.

With the significant efforts put forth by committee members: Glory Johnson (homeowner on the tour), Mike Ochs, Diana Zdenek and Annalisa Goode (who also doubled as a Lead Docent); Lead Docents: Aaron Alduenda, Peggy Calvert, Nancy Luna and Mary Matuzak, this event would not have been possible.

A very special thank you to Mayor Tita Smith and to the councilmembers whom support our historic district, not just during home tours, but each and every day.

Warmest regards,

Wendy Bennett
2013 Home Tour Chair

About the OTPA

The Old Towne Preservation Association (OTPA) works to maintain the historic integrity and economic viability of the area through education, community involvement, and service projects which support the concerns of Orange residents to maintain this neighborhood for future generations.