Heritage Park.  The Hawkins-Nimocks Garden Ranch represents a slice of California history from the early rancho period to the first part of the twentieth century. The City’s objective for the project was to create an historic park and passive recreation site through the restoration and reconstruction of the significant structures on site and the development of circulation, parking and interpretive displays. A special constraint of the planning for this project was the coordination with, and buffering from, the surrounding office development. While focusing on the elaborate Hawkins-Nimocks Ranch (circa 1884), the park also includes elements of the early Spanish ranch home of Don Patricio Ontiveros, the Mayodomo of Rancho San Juan Capistrano.

The work included reconstruction of the 1890s conservatory [below], tankhouse/windmill [below], and carriage barn [abovr]. The  carriage barn is a multi-purpose space, containing a theater in the round and assembly area for meetings and theatrical performances, with lighting and sound systems. The aviary, a 1915 cottage, and various ranch sheds were restored. The main ranch house foundation and that of the earlier Ontiveros Adobe have been uncovered and stabilized and included in interpretive displays designed for the site.

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