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Avila Adobe

Address: 10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
Phone Number: 213-680-2525
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Ranked #72 of 315 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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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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Sydney
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189 reviews 189 reviews
74 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I love exploring aspects of LA's history whenever I visit, and this was a great find. It is free, and the docent was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He patiently answered all my questions. I highly recommend a visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
99 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Avila Adobe is not large or grand. but it is thought to be the oldest house in Los Angeles. It dates back to 1818 and demonstrates how life in Los Angeles was almost 200 years ago during the Spanish and Mexican period. The house is only about six rooms with a courtyard behind. Visitors can envision living in the house... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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381 reviews 381 reviews
189 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
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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300 reviews 300 reviews
184 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
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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209 reviews 209 reviews
183 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 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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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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119 reviews 119 reviews
53 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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321 reviews 321 reviews
261 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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159 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 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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