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Avila Adobe

 
 
Avila Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
1. Avila Adobe Marker
Inscription. This is the oldest existing house in Los Angeles. Built about 1818 by Don Francisco Avila, it was occupied briefly as American headquarters in 1847. Severely damaged in the earthquake of 1971, the house is now restored as an example of California life style of the 1840's. La casa mas antigua en existencia en Los Angeles.
 
Location. 34° 3.439′ N, 118° 14.281′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Olvera Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Headquarters of Commander Robert Field Stockton (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); First Mayor of Los Angeles Under United States Rule (within shouting distance of this marker); Biscailuz Building (within shouting distance
Avila Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
2. Avila Adobe
of this marker); Damien Marchessault (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Spanish Trail (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Regarding Avila Adobe. This adobe house was built ca. 1818 by Don Francisco Avila, alcalde (mayor) of Los Angeles in 1810. Used as Commodore Robert Stockton's headquarters in 1847, it was repaired by private subscription in 1929-30 when Olvera Street was opened as a Mexican marketplace. It is the oldest existing house in Los Angeles. SOURCE: California Historical Landmarks, California State Parks
 
Also see . . .  Avila Adobe. An article from the publication Historic Adobes of Los Angeles, by John R. Kelbasa tells the history from its beginning through the current restoration. (Submitted on January 1, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Avila Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
3. Avila Adobe
Sundial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
4. Sundial
California Women of the Golden West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
5. California Women of the Golden West Marker
Dedicated and placed
in honor of
California Women of Achievement
by the
California Women of the Golden West
Los Angeles 1937
California Women of the Golden West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
6. California Women of the Golden West Marker
Carreta image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
7. Carreta
Carreta image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
8. Carreta
This wooden carreta (cart) was built by carpenter Darryl Robertshaw in 2004. It is a reproduction of a carreta built by Olvera Street merchants Nash Zmora and Meloni Tanzini. This earlier carreta was on display for 43 years, from 1961 to 2004. It is representative of the carretas used for transportation in the early days of the Pueblo of Los Angeles of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Adobe Oven image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
9. Adobe Oven
Casa Avila image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, circa 1933
10. Casa Avila
Historic American Buildings Survey
HABS CAL,19-LOSAN,2-
Building/structure dates: 1818 Initial Construction
Casa Avila - View of West Porch image. Click for full size.
By Henry F. Withey, March 21, 1934
11. Casa Avila - View of West Porch
Library of Congress, HABS CAL,19-LOSAN,2--2
The Avila Adobe - El Paseo de Los Angeles image. Click for full size.
By Gardner Thompson Co., Los Angeles - California Scenic Views
12. The Avila Adobe - El Paseo de Los Angeles
This is the oldest and most historic building in Los Angeles, built in 1818 by Don Francisco Avila. It was occupied as American headquarters in 1847. The rooms are furnished in the period of Early California. Olvera Street was the first main thoroughfare in Los Angeles.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,835 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 26, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   10, 11, 12. submitted on January 1, 2012. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A full view of the adobe building. • Can you help?
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