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By Cindy Frazier | December 15, 2011
A new owner plans to preserve the iconic "Hangover House" in South Laguna Beach, built by adventurer Richard Halliburton in the 1930s. Realty agent Fred James of Laguna Beach brokered the sale of the property, which he owned, having obtained it out of bankruptcy, along with 13 other properties, from the late Zolita Scott's estate. A Laguna local bought the 2,2000-square-foot house for $2.4 million, about half the original asking price, and an adjacent 8,000-square-foot lot for $800,000, James said.
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By Cindy Frazier | March 4, 2010
The concrete is crumbling a bit and the rebar is rusting around the edges, but the Hangover House is still sitting pretty in its perch high atop a hill off of Ceanothus Drive, where it has stood since 1937. The man who built it only enjoyed its spectacular views and ocean breezes for two years before he was lost at sea at age 39 while pursuing his profession and passion as an “adventure journalist.” Today, after some 70 years in the hands of another family, the house that Richard Halliburton built still has the classic modern lines and feel of “futuristic” 1930s architecture — inside and out. The 2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom home was built from poured concrete that still has the impression of the wooden molds and other original detailing, including the “Hangover House” moniker impressed into the concrete at the entry.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 26, 2012
The Hangover House is giving folks a headache. The City Council and folks in the audience of a special meeting Wednesday morning were split on how alterations should be handled on the 75-year-old home once owned by Richard Halliburton, also known as Hangover House. The council voted 3-2 for the staff recommendation to remove a stop-work order on the interior construction of the home when more exact plans are submitted, which Community Development Director John Montgomery said should be a simple task.
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February 26, 2010
I look forward to going on the Laguna Coastline SightSeaing Cruise, and I enjoyed the ?From Canyon To Cove? column dedicated to it (?Glimpses of Laguna?s hidden history,? Feb. 19). I would like to share some information about the Halliburton House. The contemporary concrete house has no association with Halliburton, one of the world?s largest oil-field service companies and was not built by the founder, Erle Halliburton. One would hope that both this newspaper and former Vice President Dick Cheney would want to correct any mistruths that had been published.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 3, 2012
The City Council agreed Tuesday to permit the demolition of a derelict cottage, overturning a Design Review Board denial and outraging some South Laguna residents. The council split 3-2, clearing the way for the cottage demolition at 31762 Coast Highway. South Coast Water District officials claimed the demolition was essential as part of its planned five-year, $50-million project to stabilize a sewer tunnel and pipeline replacement. It was the third demolition permit for structures on the city's historic inventory that has been opposed in recent months by South Laguna residents.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 23, 2010
How time flies! This is my last column of 2010, and looking back I realize there were a few stories that got away or weren't able to be followed closely to their end point. Other stories have had some interesting developments that we just haven't been able to get in the paper. As the year closes, it's a good time to "catch you up" on some of these stories. Fred Karger for President In April, I wrote about gay activist Fred Karger, who fought valiantly but unsuccessfully to save the landmark gay bar, the Boom Boom Room, and to secure same-sex marriage rights in California.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 26, 2012
Two of Laguna's most extraordinary residents were the subject of a trio of stories that captivated the audience at the Laguna Beach Historical Society presentation Tuesday at City Hall. Aviation historian Barbara H. Schultz gave folks a peek into the lives of pilots Moyes Stephens and Florence "Pancho" Barnes and Richard Halliburton , who was only included because he was Stephens' passenger. Barnes was one of the foremost pilots in the so-called Golden Age of Aviation.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 15, 2011
A new owner plans to preserve the iconic "Hangover House" in South Laguna Beach, built by adventurer Richard Halliburton in the 1930s. Realty agent Fred James of Laguna Beach brokered the sale of the property, which he owned, having obtained it out of bankruptcy, along with 13 other properties, from the late Zolita Scott's estate. A Laguna local bought the 2,2000-square-foot house for $2.4 million, about half the original asking price, and an adjacent 8,000-square-foot lot for $800,000, James said.
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By Cindy Frazier | May 14, 2010
Where are Richard Halliburton’s boots? That question is rolling around in the minds of members of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, or to be more precise, the revived historical society. Halliburton’s boots, and a complete collection of first editions of his travel books, along with other personal effects, were donated to the original society some 30 years ago. That group disbanded in the 1980s, and was “revived” in 1990. But while, by many accounts, most of the artifacts that had been gathered in a museum were stored away and handed over to the new group, the Halliburton collection was not. Robert Gibbons of Missouri said he has been wondering what happened to his treasure trove of items — worth at least $50,000 — that he had collected over a lifetime of interest in his childhood hero, the ill-starred adventure writer who died at sea in 1939.
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