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Lopez Adobe

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


The Lopez Adobe was the first adobe built in the San Fernando Valley that was originally planned and built as a two-story residence. A one-story adobe was built in 1881. An adjacent two-story adobe was built in 1883. These remained two seperate buildings until about 1930 when the breeze way between the two was enclosed making a single building. Valentin Lopez built this home for his sister, Catalina. Renevations were made in the 1920s and 1930 including dividing the upstairs bed rooms, relocing the exterior stairs, adding an interior stair, and enclosing the breezway. For a time, the house was divided into three apartments.

The first story is made of two rows of 24 inch by 12 inch by 6 inch adobe bricks, making the wall two feet think. The second story is of one row of bricks, making it one foot thick. This can readily be seen in the stairwell where the inner foot of the top of the two foot think wall forms a shelf.

The first issue of the San Fernando Times was printed in this building in April of 1889.

The City of San Fernando bought the property in 1970. Almost immediately, the 1971 earthquake ocured, but did not do serious damage. In 1974, the house was restored to close to original condition.

On March 22, 2015, the Lopez Adobe reopened after eight years.

Location: 1100 Pico Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
Front
Front. Photo Date: 1-17-04.
Entry
Entry. Photo Date: 4-1-04.
Front
Front. Photo Date: 4-1-04.
Front
Front. Photo Date: 4-1-04.
Front
Front. Photo Date: 4-1-04.
Front
Front. Photo date: 10-29-04.
Detail
Detail. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Garden Side
Garden side. Photo date: 10-29-04.
Garden Side
Garden side. Photo Date: 1-17-04.
Garden Side
Garden side. Photo Date: 4-1-04.
Front
Garden side. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Garden Side
Garden side. Photo Date: 1-17-04.
Garden Side
Garden side. Photo Date: 10-29-04.
Garden Side
Garden side. Photo Date: 10-29-04.
Stairs
These stairs were originally in the back of the house. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Stairs
Stairs. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Back
Back. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Door
Where this door now leads to an enclosed section of the house, this area was once an open breeze way between the original one-story house on the left and the two-story house on the right which was built two years later. It was enclosed about 1930. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Garden Side
Garden side of house. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Patio
Patio. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Dining Room
Dining room. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Adobe Wall
The first story adobe walls are two feet thick, the second story adobe walls are only one foot thick. This leaves a one foot wide shelf on top of the first story wall, within the second story wall. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Hall
Upstairs hall. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Father Serra
Statue to Father Serra. While Father Sarra was not involved with the Lopez Adobe, he was the founder of the California Mission system that lead to Spanish settlement in California. Photo Date: 10-29-04.
Wagon Wheels
Wagon wheels. Photo Date: 11-23-03.
Wagon Wheels
Wagon wheels. Photo Date: 10-29-04.

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