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Avila Adobe, Los Angeles

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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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  • place rebuild has identical l, c is load history furnished period in all parts. free tour.
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  • The Avila Adobe museum is a small museum houses in an oldest house structure of Los Angeles. The exhibits mainly focus on household living of Mexican culture such as furniture and different rooms in t...  more »
  • This beautiful adobe represents what life was like for the original Mexican settlers in Los Angeles. 
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  • 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.
  • LA is a young city that hasn't always done a great job of preserving its past -- which makes rarities like Avila Adobe all the more crucial.
  • Build in 1818 by Francisco Avila known as the oldest standing residence in Los Angeles it is open to the public and is a registered historic landmark, one of the very first settlements of the Los Angeles. The architecture is made of adobe and you can still see the rooms and areas of the house as they where back when the house was occupied. very nice things to see and experience
  • This is the oldest house in LA. Worth a visit and completely free.
  • Beautiful little museum to have a quick look around in.