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Andres Pico Adobe

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.

The second oldest home in Los Angeles began as a store house for Mission San Fernando.

In 1833, Governor Jose Figueroa decreed that the missions should surrender their land. In 1845, Eulogio de Celis bought Mission San Fernando and approximately 120,000 acres of land. He leased this land to Andrea Pico and Juan Manso for nine years.

The adobe was built about 1834 as a single story building possibly for storage or living quarters for Mission San Fernando which is a short distance away. Andres Pico never lived in the house, he considered it too small and prefered living in the near-by Mission. However Andres Pico did have the adobe remodeled and expanded for his son Romulo and Romulo's wife, Catarina in 1874. At that times, wings were added to both ends and the second story was added. Romulo and Catarina lived in the house until the late 1890s.

The adobe changed owners several times and by 1930, it had deteriorated and fallen victim to vandals. In 1930, Dr. Mark Harrington, curator of the Southwest Museum, bought the house and restored and enlarged it (A brochure available at the adobe tells the tale of the restoration.). Dr. Harrington added a kitchen, patio, and garage. The adobe is probably better know for Dr. Harrington's restoration that for the previous ownership. The Adobe now houses the Mark Harrington Library which is available for research. Dr. Harrington and his wife lived in the house until the mid 1940s.

When the house was threatened with demolition in 1965, the San Fernando Valley Historical Society became a campaign to save the house. The Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks purchased the Andrea Pico Adobe and the Historical Society operates the building.

Also on the site awaiting restoration is a building moved from the Lankershim Ranch in North Hollywood. The Andres Pico Adobe is registered as California State Landmark #362.

Andrea Pico was the brother of the last civilian governor of Mexican California, Pio Pico. Click here for the Pio Pico Adobe.

While the address is 10940 Sepulveda Boulevard in Mission Hills, the entrance is actually on Brand, east bound. To reach Andres Pico Adobe, travel north on Sepulveda Boulevard from the 118 Freeway about a block and follow the curve to the left. The entrance is about one hundred feet along the curve.
Andres Pico Adobe
North. Photo date: 10-10-03.
Andres Pico Adobe
South. Photo date: 10-10-03.
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East. Photo date: 10-10-03.
Andres Pico Adobe
East. Photo date: 10-10-03.
Andres Pico Adobe
Large downstairs room. Photo date: 10-10-03.
Andres Pico Adobe
Photo date: 10-10-03.
Andres Pico Adobe
This small round table contained spools of thread. Photo date: 10-10-03.
Andres Pico Adobe
Upstairs bedroom displaying clothes making. Photo date: 10-10-03.
Andres Pico Adobe
The bandit Tiburcio Vasquez was welcome at the ranch as long as he didn't harass the ranch. This is his trunk. Photo dates: 10-10-03 and 10-16-06.
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Main door. Photo date: 10-10-03.
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From inside courtyard. Photo date: 10-10-03.

Southwest corner, approach from parking lot.

North facade.
East, main, facade.

Detail of north facade.

Interior of dining room.
Interior of living room.

Interior of living room.

Andres Pico Adobe
Water wagon. Photo date: 10-10-03.

Water wagon. Photo date: 10-16-06.
Lankershim Reading Room also along the approach.
Lankershim Reading Room interior.
While not part of the original adobe, the Lankershim Reading Room (above) and the Railroad Shanty (below) have been moved to the site for restoration and protection.

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