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The Villa San Juan Capistrano is brought to you by the innovative minds that created the Ramos House Café located in The Los Rios Historic District in Orange County. Step inside and find that this unique wedding venue is unlike any place you’ve seen.
Nestled in the old, Spanish town of San Juan Capistrano, lies a turn-of-the-century home covered in ivy. A mahogany door, complete with a detailed metal knocker, awaits the arrival of welcomed guests.
Step inside The Villa and feel the essence of time flourish around you and your loved ones as you invite them into a historic building, filled with fine antiques flown in from around the world. A beautiful stone courtyard sets the stage for a romantic wedding ceremony and reception, all shaded by ancient fruit trees, and enhanced by flickering gas lanterns throughout the property.
This timeless facility is equipped with a customized, state-of-the-art kitchen designed to ensure the highest quality dishes, served by an unbelievable staff that is delighted to cater to their clients needs.
Top-notch audiovisuals, a garden shed converted into a built-in bar, a beautiful bridal suite with a customized rain shower, and the well-known groom’s room, complete with a Brunswick pool table are just a few amenities included when you enter The Villa San Juan Capistrano.
History of The Villa San Juan Capistrano
Previously called The Decorative Arts Villa, The original Yorba building may have been built around 1918 and was part of the Yorba estate. In 1966, G. R. Durenberger bought the property from the estate and hired Paul Yorba, a builder in San Juan, to do the remodeling work. It was one of six or seven board and batten houses along Camino Capistrano between La Zanja and the Mexican restaurant. During the 1930s, itinerant workers lived in the house while harvesting walnuts, citrus, and other crops.
The Villa structure is architecturally notable for its simple form and functional design although it has been subjected to extensive renovation and exterior alterations.
The building originally consisted of 750 square feet with single walled construction. It had a living room, dining room, kitchen, a bath and two bedrooms.
In 1967 the structure was raised to allow the installation of a reinforced foundation consistent with building codes in effect at the time. The structure was completely renovated by the owner, Gep Durenberger. Exterior walls were reconstructed with double walls for insulation and fire safety. All of the original floorboards were retained and much of the original wallboard was preserved. As part of the renovation, the original porch was incorporated into the building and an addition with a fireplace was added to the south end of the structure. Eighteenth century antique French casement windows were used to replace the original windows and the building facade was realigned with a stucco parapet which obscures the original pitched roof from view along Camino Capistrano.
The property had three large avocado trees, a persimmon tree, and a carrotwood tree. Mr. Durenberger added two eucalyptus trees in front of the building and a magnolia tree in the courtyard.
A courtyard was designed around a Georgian stone fountain in 1970 with flagstone and a gravel path with patches of grass. The existing small cottage was originally a single car garage. The back building was built in 1971 of “vernacular” architecture.
Today, owner John Q. Humphreys has completely restored the historic property as a timeless wedding venue.