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Avila Adobe

10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
213-680-2525
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Ranked #81 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Constructed in 1818, this oldest residence in Los Angeles has been restored as an example of the...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Constructed in 1818, this oldest residence in Los Angeles has been restored as an example of the life style in California during the 1840s.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Not many things in LA are almost 200 years old, but this gem is easily missed. It sits behind the market in the Los Angeles Plaza in the downtown district and is the oldest house in LA. You can only imagine the area when it was first built. Entry is free. Well worth the effort to go there.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We had a walking trip of part of downtown and ended up here in the historic section of LA. The oldest house in the city, tucked in behind a market in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, not too far from the city hall to the south and the train station to the east. Interesting history of the founding of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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 while the entire historic... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Right in the middle of a very busy downtown market, Spanish in flavor, and very much hidden from view except if you look for it, is this old house with the sign board of being the very first house in Los Angeles. The entrance is inconspicuous, but once inside, the courtyard is spacious (retained similar to what it may have... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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67 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The Avila Adobe is the oldest existing residence in L.A. It was built in 1818 when California was still a Mexican province under Spanish colonial rule. Don't miss this place when you're in Olvera Street. Entrance is free and its interior and peaceful courtyard will definitely transport you to the time of the Californios. As a side note, the Art... More 

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Orange, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
52 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

How cool to be able to walk around Olvera Street and go into one of the houses and see/imagine how life was back in the 19th century in this neighborhood, especially since most other houses have turned into shops and restaurants. If you walk around, you can see the whole place in 10 minutes but if you read the description... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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256 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

It's nice to see that there is the house preserved in California. There isn't much preserved in California dating back past the last century so it is good to see this building. It is a nice step back in time to when the area was run by the Spainish and Mexican, see how they lived and just check out the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Not the biggest or most spectacular place you're going to see in LA, but it is very interesting. If you're down Olvera St you should definitely spend 20-30 minutes of your time here.

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Los Angeles, California
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155 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

There aren't many free things in LA, but the Avila Adobe is free to browse. This historic place was the first home in Los Angeles and is worthy of a look. There is much history here and there is usually a volunteer nearby to answer any questions. I've taken my kids and they too have enjoyed it.

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Cullman, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

If you happen to be on Olvera Street, then don't leave without stopping here! It will only take 15-30 minutes of your time, and free of charge. I thought this going to be boring, but I was really wrong. The house is fully decorated and furnished, so that it looks like people from the 1800's still live there today. I... More 

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