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Casa de Estudillo

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Casa de Estudillo
Courtyard. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
Casa de Estudillo
Courtyard and beehive oven. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
Casa de Estudillo (The Estudillo House) (pronounced ess-tue-dee-oh) is one of the three original adobes in Old Town and one of the oldest homes in California. Captáin José Maria Estudillo began construction on his L-shaped adobe home in 1827. Estudillo was a retired commandante at the Presidio and was granted the land on which to build his home by Governor José Echeandia. The home quickly became the social and political center for the young community of San Diego during the Mexican period of 1821-1846.

Later, another L-shaped section was added to make a U-shape surrounding an inner courtyard on three times. As was typical of the day, the kitchen was at one end of the U with a beehive oven outside the kitchen. As is typical of adobe construction, the walls were three to five feet thick with a wood and cane roof covered with fired clay tiles. The thick adobe walls helped insulate the home and keep it cool in the hot California summers.

Following the death of José Maria Estudillo in 1830, José Maria's son, José Antonio Estudillo, and daughter-in-law, Maria Victoria Dominquez de Estudillo, continued construction on the house.

The house was still in the family when the remaining members moved to Los Angeles in 1887 leaving the house with a caretaker who secretly sold off household furnishings and equipment and let the hose deteriorate. When the family discovered what had happened, the house and fallen into such disrepair that they sold the house.

Nat R. Titus bought the delapodated house in 1906 and a year alter sold it to the San Diego Electric Railway Company which was owned by John D. Spreckles who was a significant person in San Diego's history of his day. In 1908, Architect Hazel Waterman supervised the restoration of the house into Ramona's Marriage Place, based on the novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson.

The California State Park system acquired the house in 1968 and restored the house to the way it looked when owned by the Estudillo Family.










Casa de Estudillo
Casa de Estudillo. Courtyard. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Courtyard. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo an hour before openinmg for the day. Photo date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo east side. Photo date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Work room. 7 Photo Date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Work room. 7 Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Children's Bedroom. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Children's Room. 5 Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Bedroom. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Bedroom. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Master Bed Room. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Master Bedroom. Photo date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Living Room. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Living Room. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Chapel. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Guest Room. According to one docent, it may be haunted. Photo Date: 1-11-04.

Casa de Estudillo. Guest Room. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
Store Room
Casa de Estudillo. Store Room. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
Dining Room
Casa de Estudillo. Dining Room. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Kitchen. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Oven. The oven would be filled with burning wood for a day to preheat the masonry. Then the wood would be removed and the food baked using the radiant heat stored in the masonry. The next day, the process would begin again. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
Casa de Estudillo
Casa de Estudillo. Photo Date: 6-13-04.
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Casa de Estudillo. Photo Date: 5-8-05.

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