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Avila Adobe, Los Angeles

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History Museum Historic Site
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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  • We were there on a very hot afternoon, but even the cleaning woman in the patio took a break to tell us about the ancient grape vine there. The docent was most informative and answered all our questio...  more »
  • Located in the El Pueblo, initial area of the city which dates back to the Mexicans, is a House that is the starting point of Los Angeles. Valley by historical load, but the region has many street vendors, a little chaotic.
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  • This was a little museum we stumbled accross on our travels. A small old style spanish vila in Olvera St. Shows the way they used to live in the olden days. Worth a visit.  more »
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  • When you are in the area you should take a free self guided tour of this historical site. Very interesting.
  • 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.
  • A great attraction in the LA area. Part of the Olvera Street experience and a lesson in LA history.
  • Oldest house in L.A. -who knew this was here! Wonderfully preserved but a little hard to access via Olvera Street. Once inside you are transported back in time.
  • That's L.A. without photoshop. Just adobe.

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