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La Casa de Estudillo

 
 
La Casa de Estudillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
1. La Casa de Estudillo Marker
Inscription.
1829   Large adobe-block townhouse buiilt by José Antonio Etudillo. Included servants' quarter, work and storage rooms, living and dining rooms, and Roman Catholic chapel.

1884   Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona published, linking the casa with marriage place of Ramona, the novel's Indian heroine.

1906   Bought by investor John D. Spreckels

1910   Restored by Hazel Wood Waterman, and afterwards promoted as “Ramona's Marriage Place.”

1932   Listed as California Historical Landmark

1969   Restored by California Parks

1970   Listed as National Historical Landmark


 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.261′ N, 117° 11.807′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Mason Street. Click for map. Marker is in the Plaza of the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Raising of U.S. Flag (a few steps from this marker); Estudillo House (a few steps
La Casa de Estudillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
2. La Casa de Estudillo Marker
from this marker); Juan Bandini (within shouting distance of this marker); First San Diego Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of The San Diego Union (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Birthplace of The San Diego Union (about 300 feet away); Mason Street School (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
Also see . . .  La Casa de Estudillo - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 28, 2015, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Lieutenant José Antonio Estudillo image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
3. Lieutenant José Antonio Estudillo
Son of the Commandant of the Presidio of San Diego, Estudillo became a lieutenant in the Spanish army around 1824. He built this adobe house in 1827-29. Neutral in the Mexican American War, he became the first San Diego County assessor after California became part of the United States.

This c. 1830 portrait hangs in the Estudillo house.
John Spreckels image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
4. John Spreckels
Businessman John Spreckels converted the run down Estudillo house into an early 20th century tourist trap, hiring architect Hazel Wood Waterman to reconstruct it and exploiting its tenuous connection to Helen Hunt Jackson's novel Ramona by advertising it as “Ramona's Marriage Place”
Close-up of image on signage in the courtyard of Estudillo House.
Helen Hunt Jackson image. Click for full size.
By A. F. Harmer
5. Helen Hunt Jackson
This photo of A.F. Harmer's painting of the author of Ramona appeared in Carlyle Channing Davis's The True Story of “Ramona” which helped fuel the Ramona Myth by attempting to identify actual people and places with the fictional people and places in Jackson's novel.
Ramona image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
6. Ramona
Helen Hunt Jackson's romantic novel tells the story of Ramona, a Scottish-Native American mestizo girl who suffers racial discrimination and violence in early California. The author intended the novel to be a sort of Californian “Uncle Tom's Cabin” calling attention to the plight of Native Americans in California.
photo of book cover from a display in the courtyard of Estudillo house
Ramona's Marriage Place image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
7. Ramona's Marriage Place
First identified in 1887 by the San Diego Union as “Ramona's Marriage Place”, John Spreckels turned the Estudillo house into a major tourist attraction.
Close-up of photo on display in the courtyard of Estudillo house.
El Horno image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
8. El Horno
This outdoor oven is one of the popular sights to be seen in the courtyard of Estudillo house.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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