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Estudillo House

 
 
Estudillo House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
1. Estudillo House Marker
Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 15, 1970): Constructed in 1827-29, this was once considered one of the finest houses in Mexican-California. This typical example of a large Spanish-Mexican one-story town house has a hall that also served as a chapel and a school from the 1830s to 1856. Don Jose Antonio Estudillo, builder of the house, served as mayor and justice of the peace for San Diego.
Inscription.
Has been designated a
Registered National Historic Landmark
Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating or illustrating
the history of the United States

 
Erected 1970 by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.252′ N, 117° 11.815′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Diego Avenue and Mason Street. Touch for map. Marker is located within 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. La Casa de Estudillo (a few steps from this marker); First Raising of U.S. Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); First San Diego Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Juan Bandini
Estudillo House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
2. Estudillo House and Marker
Marker is located in center of photo
(within shouting distance of this marker); Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano (within shouting distance of this marker); Mason Street School (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). 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.53):
Three generations of Don José María Estudillo's family made their home in Casa de Estudillo. Rich in historical background, the casa is often pointed out, erroneously, as Ramona's marriage place.
 
Regarding Estudillo House. Construction of the most famous Old Town adobe began in 1827 and was completed in 1829 by Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo, commander of the San Diego presidio. When he died in 1830, the house passed to his son, Jose Antonio Estudillo, who served as revenue collector, treasurer, alcalde, and judge of San Diego under Mexican rule and later treasurer and assessor of San Diego County under
Courtyard of the Casa de Estudillo image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
3. Courtyard of the Casa de Estudillo
American rule. He married Maria Victoria Dominguez and their family lived there until 1887. The original adobe home was restored in 1910 with funds provided by the Spreckels family, under the direction of Architect Hazel Waterman; it was donated to the State by Mr. Legler Benbough; furnishings were provided with the assistance of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. For many years, the building was mistakenly known as "Ramona's Marriage Place" from Helen Hunt Jackson's novel. The museum now features furnished rooms and a working kitchen and large courtyard.
Source: San Diego Historical Society, Old Town San Diego, Casa de Estudillo
 
Also see . . .  San Diego History: Journal of San Diego History - Una Casa del Pueblo. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Estudillo House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
4. Estudillo House
Estudillo House Site Map image. Click for full size.
By La Casa de Estudillo Tour Brochure
5. Estudillo House Site Map
Casa de Estudillo in 1872 image. Click for full size.
B.O.O.T.S., Old Town San Diego SHP, San Diego Hist. Society Archives
6. Casa de Estudillo in 1872
This historic adobe dominated the Old Town Plaza throughtout the 19th century.
Estudillo House at Old Town, San Diego, California image. Click for full size.
By Western Publishing & Novelty Co., Los Angeles, Ca
7. Estudillo House at Old Town, San Diego, California
Where Ramona signed the marriage register. This quaint old ruin has been fully restored and is now the only Spanish Grande's home in the United States. The Patio is a magnificent flower garden, and its tiled floors and roofs, hide-bound rafters and adobe walls charm the many tourists who visit daily. The collections of paintings is a century old and the rooms contain many curios.
State Park Passport Stamp image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
8. State Park Passport Stamp
Estudillo House Bell Tower
 
 
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 2,075 times since then and 140 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7. submitted on September 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on December 23, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.
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