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Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano

 
 
Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
1. Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano Marker
Inscription. Miguel Pedrorena Jr. built this adobe structure in 1869. It was the final adobe built in Old Town. In January 1871 Pedrorena gave the building to his sister Isabel de Altamirano, joining together two pioneer California families. Isabel and her husband Jose Antonio Altamirano raised their large family in this home. Isabel’s father, Miguel Pedrorena, was a prominent merchant in Mexican California, and represented the San Diego area at the California State Constitutional Convention held in 1849. Jose Antonio Altamirano was born in La Paz, Lower California in 1835, but came to San Diego in 1849 to explore the mining possibilities of the area. He also engaged in stock raising ventures on both sides of the border. (Marker Number 70.)
 
Location. 32° 45.226′ N, 117° 11.78′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Touch for map. This marker is located within the The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2616 San Diego Avenue, San Diego CA 92110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of The San Diego Union (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Birthplace of The San Diego Union (a few steps from this marker);
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By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
2. Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano Marker
Original Foundation Casa de Aguirre (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Antonio Ubach (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Antonio Aguirre (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Town San Diego (within shouting distance of this marker); 1906 Old Town Convent (within shouting distance of this marker); Adobe Construction (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
More about this marker. This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No.70)
 
Regarding Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano. Excerpt from The History of San Diego 1542 – 1908 by William E. Smythe
San Diego Historical Society:

ALTAMIRANO, José Antonio, was the son of Tomás Altamirano and Dolores Carrillo, and was born at La Paz, Lower California, May 31, 1835. His mother was a sister of Joaquin Carrillo, the father of Mrs. Henry D. Fitch; another of her brothers was Pedro C. Carrillo, who once owned the San Diego (Coronado) peninsula and sold it for
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By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
3. Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano
$3000. José Ant. Altamirano came to California in 1849 and was first engaged in mining. In 1859 he went into stock raising on a large scale near San Jacinto. He owned the Valle de las Palmas rancho, near Tia Juana, in Lower California, which is still in the family, and was at one time the owner of the Algodones grant, on the Colorado river, near Yuma. In the Mexican War, he served on the American side. He lived at Old Town, where he married Ysabel de Pedrorena, daughter of Miguel de Pedrorena, and had a large family.
 
Also see . . .  LaPrensa – San Diego: Homeland Security in 1846 or The Scary Summer of ‘46 by Albert Si. This is a detailed account of Miguel Pedrorena and his open loyalty to the American takeover of California. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 3, 2011
4. Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano Marker
Pedrorena-Altamirano House marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
5. Pedrorena-Altamirano House marker
Pedrorena-Altamirano House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
6. Pedrorena-Altamirano House

1869       Residence combining double adobe and wood-frame construction built by Miguel de Pedrorena Jr.

1871       Deeded to sister Isabel, wife of José Antonio Altamirano.

1890s       Rented out to succession of tenants and subsequently remodeled as a Victorian bungalow.

1932       Listed as California Historical Landmark.

1974       Vacated due to serious structural problems.

1982       Rehabilitated by California State Parks
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By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
7. Assayers Office
Miner's Gems image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
8. Miner's Gems
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,067 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on November 12, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on December 27, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 12, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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