City looks to demolish historic Lakeman House

Earnest and Mary Lakeman in front of the Lakeman Lunch Room (around 1920). In the 1950s it became Ray’s Murrieta Café. Photo courtesy of the E. Hale Curran Collection
Paisley TrentSpecial to Valley NewsIn downtown Murrieta is the Lakeman House — the second oldest home still standing in Murrieta — behind Ray’s Café near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Juniper Street.Plans for the current property owners to demolish the Lakeman House and restore and reopen Ray’s Café were discussed and approved at a special planning commission meeting June 14. After another presentation to Murrieta City Council for final approval, a date for the demolition can be set.“Kind of a bummer,” Commissioner Kellan Falconieri said about the demolition at the June 14 meeting. “It’s a really cool piece of Murrieta history.”Pictured from left, Mrs. Mary Lakeman, James W
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