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Avila Adobe

10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
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Ranked #81 of 382 attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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100 reviews 100 reviews
50 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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225 reviews 225 reviews
186 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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285 reviews 285 reviews
137 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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
Top Contributor
296 reviews 296 reviews
155 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Whitley Bay, UK
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

This is a self-guided attraction representing the life of a family of well off early Californian ranchers. we found it vaguely interesting but its main advantage was that it was an oasis of calm compared to busy Olevera Street

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East Bay, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
63 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Thank goodness for Christine Sterling who preserved this bit of history for us Californians. You walk the sidewalk and are pleasantly surprised to see a Mexican village appear. The Adobe house is a step back in history to the 1840s. Docents are available to answer questions and signs are all around to educate. No fee but donations are appreciated. After... More

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Aston, Pennsylvania
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

Away from the glitz of Hollywood, and the glamour of Beverly Hills, and seemingly away from the busy-ness of downtown Los Angeles, the Avila Adobe, the oldest house in Los Angeles, is in the historic district on Olvera Street. It is so beautifully furnished, and so simplistic in design, and takes you back to Los Angeles' Spanish roots. You can... More

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