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. Put Avila Adobe on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.
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Avila Adobe Reviews
We toured here as part of Olvera Street sightseeing. It was interesting but requires you to read the panels. It is a tranquil spot and indicative of an earlier era. more »
Getting an impression of life, for some at least, in the city’s early days was exciting. Marvellously persevered and renovated, its whitewashed walls, cooking and heating items, plus means of... more »
Some of the reviews seem to be about restaurants nearby? The Avila Adobe did not serve food, at least if it did, it was in another section and I can only review the museum part. I stumbled onto the museum, which was very comfortable to pass through without too much overwhelming information but enough simple explanation to have a sense of the house. The last room that I entered had a video of the history of cultural influences in LA. Very interesting.
Nice example of the early life in LA opened to the public for free. Not to be missed in your next visit to LA.
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