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The Forster Mansion • San Juan Capistrano

The Forster Mansion • San Juan Capistrano

Frank Ambrosio Forster built the mansion on the hill in 1909.  Train & Williams, a prominent Los Angeles architectural firm, designed the house in the Mission Revival style. 

For years the mansion was the social hub of the Capistrano Valley.  Townspeople flocked to gala barbeques and piano recitals hosted by the Forster family.  The house is steeped in local history and lore that includes a resident cigar-smoking ghost. 

At one time, the Forster family had several mansions in the Capistrano area; however, the others have been demolished, leaving the Forster Mansion as the sole survivor of a bygone era.