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Avila Adobe, Los Angeles

The Avila Adobe was built in 1818 by Francisco Avila and has the distinction of being the oldest standing residence in Los Angeles, California. It is located in the paseo of historical Olvera Street, a part of Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, a California State Historic Park. The building itself is registered as California Historical Landmark #145, while the entire historic district is both listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.The Plaza is the third location of the original Spanish settlement El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula, the first two having been washed out by flooding from the swollen Río Porciúncula (Los Angeles River). The Avila Adobe was one of the settlement's first houses to share street frontage in the Pueblo de Los Angeles of Spanish colonial Alta California.The walls of the Avila Adobe are 2.5- thick and are built from sun-baked adobe bricks. The original ceilings were 15ft high and supported by beams of cottonwood, which was available along the banks of the Los Angeles River. Though the roof appears slanted today, the original roof was flat. Tar (Spanish: brea) was brought up from the La Brea Tar Pits, located near the north boundary line of Avila's Rancho Las Cienegas. The tar was mixed with rocks and horsehair, a common binder in exterior building material, and applied to beams of the roof as a sealant from inclement weather.
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  • A trip in a different century, a House and parts where one can guess an another way of life. A time or we forget our current technology.
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  • Maybe Olvera Street is not that "historic," but the Avila Adobe is. They have some items here which represent the culture and which you don't see anywhere else. Have you ever wondered why there are no...  more »
  • This is a quick stop on your way down Olvera Street. We were only there for about 30 minutes and that was plenty of time. It was really interesting to read the history!  more »
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  • A quick but great visit if you're already in the area. The villa is set up like a home from olden times.
  • Is nice to see an old house in good condition to the future generations.
  • It is a beautiful well-maintained old mexican style house. It is usually quiet, and peaceful in the middle of the very busy Olvera Street. The entrance is free; but they do accept tips and donations.
  • Thank you San Gabriel. Without you we wouldn't be here.
  • When you are in the area you should take a free self guided tour of this historical site. Very interesting.
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