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Muckenthaler Villa to celebrate its birthday 1920s style

Muckenthaler Villa in Fullerton will celebrate its 90th birthday September 14 with activities for the whole family to partake in.

The Muckenthaler family-Walter, Adella and Harold
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
A profile of Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. The property will celebrate its 90th birthday September 14.
Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Sunday Social at the Villa, a 1920s themed event, will take place September 14 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the villa, located on Malvern Avenue.

Fullerton Heritage will be doing a scavenger hunt through downtown Fullerton starting at the train station at 10 a.m. and will move their booth over to the Muckenthaler once it starts. Participants will have to photograph various locations on a list and bring back digital photos to the Muckenthaler by noon.

In addition to the exhibits inside the villa being open, there will be a vintage car show and 1920s music on two stages, including pianists from the local Ragfest who will play ragtime stride.

Outdoor vendor booths will be on hand selling art and 1920s themed items, as well as food and drinks, including some bathtub gin. Muckenthaler's Leisure League will also hold a bocce ball tournament and have croquet and badminton available for the public to play.

The villa, home to Muckenthaler Cultural Center, was built in 1924 by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler at a cost of $35,000. The 18 room home was designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The spiral staircase wrought iron railing was imported from Italy.

Harold Muckenthaler donated the home to the city of Fullerton in 1965 to be used as an arts center, along with nine acres of land. The city has retained ownership of the villa ever since.

In addition to art exhibits, Muckenthaler Cultural Center also holds art classes for adults and children and concerts in their outdoor ampitheatre.

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