Los Angeles / Orange County Visitor Information

Old Towne Orange

The Old Towne Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and includes more than 1,300 homes and other buildings.

It is approximately one square mile in size, making it the largest National Register district in California. The district provides a feeling for life in Orange from 1888 to 1940, showcasing over 50 different architectural styles. The complete stock of buildings which are a part of the Old Towne community is complemented by the churches, schools, old Santa Fe Depot, Post Office, packing houses, industrial buildings, clubhouses, and parks which still remain in active use since their establishment in the early part of the century.

The heart of Old Towne Orange is its plaza, also known as “the circle”—a circular road that envelops a small park and fountain and shoots out to the surrounding streets. The neighborhood’s design remains just as its founders envisioned it in the mid-19th century. Mom-and-pop restaurants and independent shops are the mainstays, and Old Towne has so many antiques outlets that it calls itself the antiques capital of California. The best part about visiting is that all you have to do is park your car or take a train. Your legs can take it from there.

Old Towne Orange is located between the intersections of Interstate 5 and State Routes 57, 22, and 55. To visit, take SR 22, exit at Glassell Street, and proceed north.

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