Archiving Orange County AOC: Madame Modjeska’s Canyon

Madame Modjeska

Madame Modjeska

Here sits the famed Polish Shakespearean actress Madame Helen Modjeska in front of her home in Santiago Canyon in 1898. She came to America in 1876, and 12 years later, her husband Count Bozenta had this home built for her. The home is now a National Historical Monument. Though in 1906 the home was sold, actors and actresses flocked to the area for years, buying up the little cottages that sprung up in the area. The residents would later name this portion of the canyon after her.
In 2007, 109 years after this photo was taken, there would be a fire that would damage or destroy 22 homes in peaceful Modjeska Canyon…

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