La Casa Pacifica: Nixon’s Western White House

La Casa Pacifica is a grand San Clemente, CA estate that was owned by Richard and Pat Nixon from 1969 until the mid-1980s. During his presidency, Nixon traveled to San Clemente often and hosted Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev, Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, Henry Kissinger, Bebe Rebozo, and many others at the mansion. After his resignation the former President retired to La Casa Pacifica, a name he gave to the home, to write his memoirs. The Spanish-style, mission-revival home was designed by architect Carl Lindbom. It should be noted too that Nixon’s La Casa Pacifica was the first of the presidential homes to be dubbed “The Western White House.” This term has been used to describe subsequent presidents’ homes such as George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas and Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo in Santa Barbara County.

These images of the former Nixon home were captured by White House photographer Oliver Atkins and can be found in our Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection.

Richard and Pat Nixon enjoy a cup of tea in the parlor of La Casa Pacifica

Nixon relaxes by the pool, which was formerly a tennis court. Converting the tennis court into a pool was one of many renovations made by the Nixons.

Aerial view of Nixon's "Western White House"

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