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Ronald and Nancy Reagan relaxing at Sunnylands.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan relaxing at Sunnylands.
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17 Southern California buildings with presidential ties

Reagan, Nixon, Kennedy, and others all spent plenty of time in the LA area

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Ronald and Nancy Reagan relaxing at Sunnylands.
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In 1880, Rutheford B. Hayes became the first U.S. President to visit Los Angeles. Prominent residents and city officials celebrated the occasion with an eight-course feast. Since then, plenty of commanders in chief have stopped by the city, whether to court voters, meet with foreign dignitaries, or simply to hit the golf course. Here's a look at some Southern California landmarks that have hosted some of our nation's leaders.

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1. Richard Nixon's first law office

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13006 Philadelphia St
Whittier, CA 90601
Richard Nixon's first law office in Whittier, in the old National Bank of Whittier Building, is now an AT&T "stealth cell site." Makes sense. The building was designed by John and Donald B. Parkinson and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2. Ronald Reagan's SAG office

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7046 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
This apartment complex in Hollywood once housed Ronald Reagan's office when he was serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the late '40s and early '50s. Back then the building was called the Hollywood Professional Building.
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3. Ronald Reagan's first LA home

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6650 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Nearby are the Montecito Apartments—Ronald Reagan's first home in LA. Ben Vereen, Montgomery Clift, James Cagney, and Don Johnson have also lived in the building.

4. La Casa Pacifica

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4100 Calle Isabella
San Clemente, CA 92672
This estate in San Clemente served as Richard Nixon's Western White House when he was in office and his private residence after he resigned his office. The property helped put San Clemente on the map.

5. Rancho del Cielo

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Unnamed Rd, Los Padres National Forest
Goleta, CA 93117
Ronald Reagan also had a Western White House: this ranch north of Santa Barbara that the 40th president also used as a vacation home from the 1970s through the 1990s. Nancy Reagan sold the estate to a conservative group in the late 1990s.

6. Century Plaza Hotel/St. Regis

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2055 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
The hotel was a frequent haunt of Reagan's, starting in 1984, when he was the first official guest to stay in its tower portion (now the St. Regis). The hotel's penthouse suite is dedicated to Reagan and his wife, Nancy.

7. Gerald Ford's post-White House home

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40471 Sand Dune Rd
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Gerald and Betty Ford commissioned this Rancho Mirage golf course house from architect Welton Becket in the late 1970s. It comes with lots of Secret Service-friendly security amenities and sold in 2012 for $1.675 million.
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8. Mauretania Apartments

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520 N Rossmore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Then-Senator John F. Kennedy rented the penthouse of this streamline moderne building in Hancock Park back in 1960 for the Democratic National Convention (at which he was nominated). He's said to have hosted Marilyn Monroe at the apartment.
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9. Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

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3400 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
The LAUSD schools built on the former site of the Ambassador Hotel are named for Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated at the hotel in 1968 just after winning the California presidential primary. Interestingly, the school district beat out a group led by current president Donald Trump for the right to develop the site. Trump hoped to build a massive skyscraper on the property, but was foiled when LAUSD obtained the land through eminent domain.
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10. Sunnylands

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37977 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Walter and Leonore Annenberg's Rancho Mirage estate has hosted them all: seven U.S. presidents in total (in 1986, Ronald Reagan made a televised New Year's greeting to Mikhail Gorbachev from the house). The A. Quincy Jones-designed main house and a new visitors' center have now been opened to the public; the operators call it a West Coast Camp David.
The atrium of the historic house. The sculpture in the center of the atrium is an original casting of Eve, by Auguste Rodin, 1881. Photo by Graydon Wood

11. Ronald and Nancy Reagan's pre-presidency home

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1669 San Onofre Dr
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Ronald and Nancy's swanky midcentury residence in Pacific Palisades sold in 2013 for a little over $5 million before returning to the market earlier this year as a $33 million megamansion. Home to the Reagans from 1957 to 1981, it's where the Gipper famously received word of his election while in the shower.

12. Obama's dorm

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1600 Campus Rd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 259-2500
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President Obama spent his first two college years at Occidental, where, as a first-year student, he lived in a triple in the Haines Hall annex. According to the college, it was at Occidental that the future president first developed an interest in politics.

13. USS Iowa (BB-61)

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250 S Harbor Blvd
San Pedro, CA 90731
(877) 446-9261
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It's not a building, but it does have a bathtub installed for FDR. Nicknamed the Battleship of Presidents (and also the somewhat less prestigious-sounding "Big Stick"), the vessel—now permanently moored off of San Pedro—has hosted Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in addition to Roosevelt.
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14. Mission Inn

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3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
Riverside's Mission Inn is one of the most distinctive and unique buildings in all of California, and it's also hosted a boatload of presidents over the years—nine in total. The hotel even has a presidential lounge to commemorate the spot where Richard and Pat Nixon were married back in 1940. In addition to all the presidents, the hotel's impressive guest list also includes the likes of Albert Einstein, Susan B. Anthony, and John D. Rockefeller.
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15. Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

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3939 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Kennedy officially received his party's nomination at the late Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, at that time a brand new, state-of-the-art facility.
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16. Nixon's Bel Air rental

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901 N Bundy Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Nixon was renting at this Bel Air home in 1961, when the massive Bel Air-Brentwood Fire broke out. The future president climbed up to the roof with a garden hose, helping to save both the house and a manuscript of his memoir, Six Crises.
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17. Donald Trump's Beverly Hills home

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809 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Trump has owned this Beverly Hills home since 2007 and hosted fundraisers here while campaigning for president. It's right across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel—another famous (and now, possibly infamous) Trump retreat.
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1. Richard Nixon's first law office

13006 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601
Richard Nixon's first law office in Whittier, in the old National Bank of Whittier Building, is now an AT&T "stealth cell site." Makes sense. The building was designed by John and Donald B. Parkinson and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
13006 Philadelphia St
Whittier, CA 90601

2. Ronald Reagan's SAG office

7046 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Google Maps
This apartment complex in Hollywood once housed Ronald Reagan's office when he was serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the late '40s and early '50s. Back then the building was called the Hollywood Professional Building.
7046 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

3. Ronald Reagan's first LA home

6650 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Nearby are the Montecito Apartments—Ronald Reagan's first home in LA. Ben Vereen, Montgomery Clift, James Cagney, and Don Johnson have also lived in the building.
6650 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. La Casa Pacifica

4100 Calle Isabella, San Clemente, CA 92672
This estate in San Clemente served as Richard Nixon's Western White House when he was in office and his private residence after he resigned his office. The property helped put San Clemente on the map.
4100 Calle Isabella
San Clemente, CA 92672

5. Rancho del Cielo

Unnamed Rd, Los Padres National Forest, Goleta, CA 93117
Ronald Reagan also had a Western White House: this ranch north of Santa Barbara that the 40th president also used as a vacation home from the 1970s through the 1990s. Nancy Reagan sold the estate to a conservative group in the late 1990s.
Unnamed Rd, Los Padres National Forest
Goleta, CA 93117

6. Century Plaza Hotel/St. Regis

2055 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
The hotel was a frequent haunt of Reagan's, starting in 1984, when he was the first official guest to stay in its tower portion (now the St. Regis). The hotel's penthouse suite is dedicated to Reagan and his wife, Nancy.
2055 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

7. Gerald Ford's post-White House home

40471 Sand Dune Rd, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Google Maps
Gerald and Betty Ford commissioned this Rancho Mirage golf course house from architect Welton Becket in the late 1970s. It comes with lots of Secret Service-friendly security amenities and sold in 2012 for $1.675 million.
40471 Sand Dune Rd
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

8. Mauretania Apartments

520 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Google Maps
Then-Senator John F. Kennedy rented the penthouse of this streamline moderne building in Hancock Park back in 1960 for the Democratic National Convention (at which he was nominated). He's said to have hosted Marilyn Monroe at the apartment.
520 N Rossmore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

9. Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
The LAUSD schools built on the former site of the Ambassador Hotel are named for Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated at the hotel in 1968 just after winning the California presidential primary. Interestingly, the school district beat out a group led by current president Donald Trump for the right to develop the site. Trump hoped to build a massive skyscraper on the property, but was foiled when LAUSD obtained the land through eminent domain.
3400 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

10. Sunnylands

37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
The atrium of the historic house. The sculpture in the center of the atrium is an original casting of Eve, by Auguste Rodin, 1881. Photo by Graydon Wood
Walter and Leonore Annenberg's Rancho Mirage estate has hosted them all: seven U.S. presidents in total (in 1986, Ronald Reagan made a televised New Year's greeting to Mikhail Gorbachev from the house). The A. Quincy Jones-designed main house and a new visitors' center have now been opened to the public; the operators call it a West Coast Camp David.
37977 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

11. Ronald and Nancy Reagan's pre-presidency home

1669 San Onofre Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Ronald and Nancy's swanky midcentury residence in Pacific Palisades sold in 2013 for a little over $5 million before returning to the market earlier this year as a $33 million megamansion. Home to the Reagans from 1957 to 1981, it's where the Gipper famously received word of his election while in the shower.
1669 San Onofre Dr
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

12. Obama's dorm

1600 Campus Rd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
President Obama spent his first two college years at Occidental, where, as a first-year student, he lived in a triple in the Haines Hall annex. According to the college, it was at Occidental that the future president first developed an interest in politics.
1600 Campus Rd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

13. USS Iowa (BB-61)

250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731
Life Atlas Photography, Shutterstock
It's not a building, but it does have a bathtub installed for FDR. Nicknamed the Battleship of Presidents (and also the somewhat less prestigious-sounding "Big Stick"), the vessel—now permanently moored off of San Pedro—has hosted Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in addition to Roosevelt.
250 S Harbor Blvd
San Pedro, CA 90731

14. Mission Inn

3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Jon Bilous, Shutterstock
Riverside's Mission Inn is one of the most distinctive and unique buildings in all of California, and it's also hosted a boatload of presidents over the years—nine in total. The hotel even has a presidential lounge to commemorate the spot where Richard and Pat Nixon were married back in 1940. In addition to all the presidents, the hotel's impressive guest list also includes the likes of Albert Einstein, Susan B. Anthony, and John D. Rockefeller.
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

15. Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

3939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Courtesy LA Public Library
Kennedy officially received his party's nomination at the late Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, at that time a brand new, state-of-the-art facility.
3939 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90037

16. Nixon's Bel Air rental

901 N Bundy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
The LIFE Picture Collection, Getty Images
Nixon was renting at this Bel Air home in 1961, when the massive Bel Air-Brentwood Fire broke out. The future president climbed up to the roof with a garden hose, helping to save both the house and a manuscript of his memoir, Six Crises.
901 N Bundy Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049

17. Donald Trump's Beverly Hills home

809 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Google Maps
Trump has owned this Beverly Hills home since 2007 and hosted fundraisers here while campaigning for president. It's right across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel—another famous (and now, possibly infamous) Trump retreat.
809 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210