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Santa Clara in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Berryessa Adobe

This Adobe House

 

—Culture and Structure Together —

 
The Berryessa Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 16, 2012
1. The Berryessa Adobe Marker
Photo Captions:
The Location of the Adobe – 1873
Mission Santa Clara – 1842
The Peña Adobe
Adobe Restoration
Inscription. The Berryessa Adobe was built at a crossroad in California history. When constructed in the 1840s, Spanish colonial building traditions were blending with American influences. The builders constructed adobe walls on stone foundations and used soil plaster – all Hispanic influences - while using milled wood and carpentry details from the American Greek Revival style.

The Location of the Adobe – 1873
Thirty years after the Berryessa Adobe was built, Mission Santa Clara had developed into the town of Santa Clara, streets, town blocks, vineyards, and orchards covered this area. This map is based on the first official survey of Santa Clara. At the edge of town not the Berryessa Adobe on the highlighted lot labeled 39

Mission Santa Clara - 1842 This sketch depicts Santa Clara in 1842, just prior to the construction of the Berryessa Adobe. On the far right side you can see rows of older adobe homes, like the Peña Adobe.

The Peña Adobe
By the early 1790s Native American converts at Mission Santa Clara may have built and lived in adobe homes like these. The Pena Adobe still stands (the home in the background with the chimney) and belongs to the Santa Clara Women’s Club.

Adobe Restoration
The City of Santa Clara’s restoration of the Berryessa Adobe
The Berryessa Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 16, 2012
2. The Berryessa Adobe Marker
revealed many historic details of this family home. The restoration used traditional methods and precise research to determine the original materials, structures and even the colors used inside and outside of the building. Using this information, the adobe restoration maintains the many historical elements of the structure.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 37° 20.518′ N, 121° 56.824′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 373 Jefferson Street, Santa Clara CA 95050, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. California Wesleyan College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Landrum House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harris/Lass House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. Henry Warburton House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kiely House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Luis Arguello Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elim Community Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mission Corral Site (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Clara.
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansNotable Buildings
 
The Berryessa Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 16, 2012
3. The Berryessa Adobe
The Berryessa Adobe Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 16, 2012
4. The Berryessa Adobe Grounds
A Home for 150 years image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 16, 2012
5. A Home for 150 years
Built in the 1840s by Juan Chrisostomo Galindo, this adobe has been home to generations of Californio and Portuguese families and is one of the last adobe structures in Santa Clara Valley. The stories of the immigrants who lived here and this adobe house itself offer a unique window into the history of Santa Clara and California

City of Santa Clara
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Interpretive Site.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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