Orange Old Towne Historic District and Plaza

Orange Old Towne Historic District and Plaza

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Come join us to absorb the charm and nightlife in Old Towne Orange. There are many restaurants, bars, and shops for both men and women. There is so much to do and take in. We will start in daylight but then be enveloped in the night lights and the nightlife of the bustling streets which stretch out in all 4 directions from the circle. There night even be singing and dancing.

We will begin at the beautiful Orange circle water fountain, then visit various antique stores, the classic Ford repair shop, the Orange train depot, mens and womens clothing stores, Chapman University's Berlin Wall section and the serene Italian based Attallah Piazza. We will stop to eat along the way at various places, finally setting down to eat dinner.

Old Towne Orange consists of one square mile of vintage buildings that are businesses, homes, churches, schools, Chapman University, a train depot, the Hilbert Museum, packing houses, lofts, and parks. The buildings are well maintained while retaining their architectural integrity. With construction occurring from about 1874 to 1940, more than 50 architectural styles are represented - Victorian, Craftsman, American Bungalow, Hip Roof Cottage, Provincial Revival, Mediterranean, Prairie, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Classical Revival. Even after more than 140 years, it is still the epicenter for residents and community.

The city’s agriculture and crops were Lemon, Olive, Almond, and Orange. In a poker game played by Chapman, Glassell, and two friends, the winner got to rename the city. The lucky winner’s pick: Orange.

The Plaza Historic District was chosen by the American Planning Association (APA) as a “Great Place in America”, joining New York’s Central Park, Los Angeles’ Olvera Street, and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

The Historic District has long been a favorite location site for filmmakers and TV production companies. Tom Hanks used much of the town’s buildings as early 1960s Pennsylvania for his film, That Thing You Do. while American Horror Story has used it as East Coast towns for a few seasons of the 20th Century Fox Television series. Other films include the Cohen brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There, Surviving Christmas, First Daughter, Cannonball Run, Gumball Rally, Bridesmaids, Big Mama’s House, Accepted, and Crimson Tide.
Tour hosted by Mitesh

Parking: There are lots of free city parking lots. One of them is located at 108 S. Olive St, Orange. Walk northeast to the fountain in the Orange circle (Plaza Park).