China House in Corona del Mar’s China Cove, 1930s

CORONA DEL MAR—China Cove in Corona del Mar is now known as a beautiful, scenic neighborhood with multimillion-dollar homes along the coast. Some might be wondering where the unusual name came from and this photo shows the reason: China House, the home built by William Lindsay, an attorney and department store owner.

China House was built in 1929 and this photo was likely taken in the 1930s. Lindsay’s wife was a fan of Eastern-Asian-inspired décor and architecture, which was apparent when looking at the home. The tiled roof has a pagoda style and ornate fixtures. A carved dragon was also at the entrance of the home. In 1987, the home was torn down and two luxury houses were built in its place. China Cove is still a treasured hideaway in Corona del Mar today.


Photo Courtesy of Orange County Archives.

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