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“An authentic remnant of Mexican Alta California”
Review of Casa de Estudillo

Casa de Estudillo
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

This building in Old Town Historic Park was built in 1827, and now has period furnishings to illustrate the way its rooms would have appeared then. I do not know whether the furnishings are authentic or reconstructions, though I suspect the latter. There is also an interesting semi-enclosed garden with cacti and other native plants of that area. This is the centerpiece of Old Town, and worth a special visit just to see it.

One thing that was not mentioned by the interpretive staff or in the literature I saw in the park - This place has the reputation of being the most haunted spot in San Diego. In particular, so the story goes, don't look in the mirrors in the building unless you are prepared to see some faces besides your own looking back out at you!

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Reviewed August 4, 2005

As much as I hate to cater to the Old California stereotypes, La Casa de Estudillo made me feel like I was walking through the set of Zorro. Although the house was nearly in ruins by the late 1800s/early 1900s, it has been restored well enough to maintain a very authentic feel. The house, something of a social hub in Old Town, is a 1-story adobe that dates from 1827 and contains eclectic period furnishings from the 16th to the 20th century. It boasts several bedrooms, a beautiful formal living room, and a quaint chapel in addition to kitchens, dining rooms, storage and work rooms and a lovely courtyard. Most of the rooms allow very limited access to visitors, unfortunately, but it is still worth a trip if you enjoy historic homes. Helen Hunt Jackson's 1884 book Ramona may or may not have been inspired by and/or set at this house, but the book's popularity apparently helped save the structure when it was turned into "Ramona's Marriage Place" by locals over 100 years ago. A very romantic location, but to see it that way try to go on an "off" day when it's not crawling with San Diego's school children! ;-)

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