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Santora Arts Building
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
California Historical Landmark
Location: 207 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, California
Coordinates: 33°44′47″N 117°52′8″WCoordinates: 33°44′47″N 117°52′8″W
Architect: Frank Lansdowne
Architectural style: Churrigueresque variant of Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP Reference#: 82000976
Added to NRHP: December 27, 1982
The Santora is a historic building in the Churrigueresque variant of Spanish Colonial Revival design, located in Downtown Santa Ana, California. The building was designed by Frank Lansdowne, one of the premier architects of the region, and groundbreaking on it took place on July 7, 1928.
It that now houses art galleries, retail stores and restaurants.
The Santora is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and its record number is 386426.
From 1934 until 1944, Daninger’s Tea Room occupied the rooms on the second floor, southwest corner. The restaurant was famous for its home cooked meals and pleasant atmosphere, and attracted a clientele that included Hollywood celebrities Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Billie Burke, Charles Ruggles, Connie Haines, Lucille Ball, Gracie Allen, George Burns, Joan Davis, Rosalind Russell, Robert Young, William Holden and Alan Ladd, all of whom signed the guest book.
After a period of decline in Santa Ana's downtown the Santora resurged as an arts complex where a number of different artists moved in including Joseph Musil and his Salon of the Art Deco Theaters. Musil was a set designer for the Walt Disney company and worked on the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.