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Ray Adobe

1847 - 1849

 
 
Ray Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
1. Ray Adobe Marker
Inscription. Built by 1846 Missouri emigrants John and Harriet Ray in 1847. After his success in the Rose Bar Gold Fields, the large adobe portion was added in 1849 by Indian labor to the wooden house on the east end. It was leased as headquarters for officers of the U.S. Army until 1852. Successive home to and restoration by the families Adler, Black, Heine, Shields, Whitelow and Forrest.
Ned Forrest, Architect, 1995
 
Erected 1995.
 
Location. 38° 17.6′ N, 122° 27.167′ W. Marker is in Sonoma, California, in Sonoma County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 East Spain Street, Sonoma CA 95476, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Sonoma Brewing Company (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vella Cheese Factory (about 700 feet away); Blue Wing Inn (about 800 feet away); Vasquez House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mission San Francisco Solano (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuele Sebastiani Vineyard and Winery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mission San Francisco Solano Sacred Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sonoma.
 
Regarding Ray Adobe.
Ray Adobe Masonic Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
2. Ray Adobe Masonic Marker
The Ray Adobe On April 9, 1851, a number of Masons met in this building and formed the Sonoma Masonic Lodge under the personal dispensation of the Most Worshipful Grand Master J.D. Stevenson.
The Sonoma Masonic Lodge was chartered on May 6, 1851 as Temple Lodge No.14 and held their meetings here from 1851 to 1865.
This is a private residence. Please respect the owner's privacy while viewing this site and marker.
 
Also see . . .  Masonic Temple Lodge No.14. (Submitted on January 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. William T. Sherman
William T. Sherman lived here when stationed in Sonoma in 1849. Known as Ray House and also Adler Adobe, double-story frame and adobe residence served as officers mess until Army left Sonoma in 1852. It was also site of Masonic Lodge organized by several officers of garrison.
Source: California Military Museum
    — Submitted January 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

2. The Ray Adobe
The Monterey style adobe and wooden structure is basically unmodified. It features a two-story broad veranda on the north erected by John Ray, a Virginian, in 1846. Prospering in gold rush, he finished the adobe section in 1851 and later sold it to Lewis Adler, a local pioneer merchant. The hip roof with wood shingles is typical of the style, as are the 22-inch thick adobe walls in the front section. A redwood structure was added later at the back.
During the occupation of California
Ray Adobe Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
3. Ray Adobe Markers
Upper: The Ray Adobe 1847-1849 Marker
Lower: The Ray Adobe Masonic Marker
by U.S. Troops, the house served as Officerís Mess for Colonel E. Stevensonís detachment. The upstairs also served as a Masonic meeting hall, the first north of San Francisco.
Source: The Sonoma Walking Tour Brochure.
    — Submitted January 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Ray Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2008
4. Ray Adobe
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By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
5. Ray Adobe
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By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
6. Ray Adobe
Note the two styles of construction
Ray House image. Click for more information.
By Roger Sturtevant, Photographer, February 12, 1934
7. Ray House
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
HABS CAL,49-SONO,4-
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