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West Cliff -- Millionaires' Row, by Ross Eric Gibson
At the turn of the century, Santa Cruz was called the "Newport of the Pacific," because the row of mansions ... [Read more]

It's always a surprise to discover the Fair Avenue ruins of an old yoga temple whose minarets, entry arch and ... [Read more]

The Golden Gate Villa, by Susan Dormanen
From any portion of the city can be seen a magnificent villa whose turrets and towers soar above their surroundings. [Read more]

Howden's Castle, by Margaret Koch
Robert Howden's Ben Lomond home was his castle, and his stone castle was his home. He called himself an "everyday ... [Read more]

To hesitate, is to be lost. I wanted to claim that this beautiful home belonged to Santa Cruz; hesitated a ... [Read more]

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Hugo Hihn, brother of Frederick A. Hihn, had the Flatiron Building constructed in 1859-60, of bricks made right in Santa Cruz. It was the first brick building to be erected "down on the flat," as most of the business structures formerly had been up on the Mission Santa Cruz Plaza.

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Excerpted from The Flatiron Building, Pacific Avenue and Front Street by Margaret Koch