Former President Richard Nixon returned to the estate that was his Western White House more than a decade ago to review architectural drawings of his proposed presidential library.
Nixon, 75, met at Casa Pacifica on Thursday with about a dozen members of the Richard Nixon Presidential Archives Foundation.It was the first time Nixon had seen the plans, said library board member Gavin Herbert, who now owns Nixon's old estate in this seaside community.
The $25 million library is to be built on a six-acre site adjacent to the small farm house Nixon's father built in nearby Yorba Linda, where Nixon was born.
The library was originally to be built in San Clemente on a 16.7-acre blufftop parcel overlooking Casa Pacifica.
But foundation organizers sought a new site after the San Clemente project was stalled for four years amid controversy over a proposed commercial and residential development tied to the library.
The library is to include Nixon's private diaries and White House papers, vice presidential papers, personal papers from his post-White House days and manuscripts from his seven books.