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"Romulo Pico Adobe 1853" Mission Hills Things to Do Tip by Yaqui

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The Romulo Pico Adobe is the oldest residence building in San Fernando Valley. The original part of the structure was built by Native Americans in 1847 and was located in the middle of the missions vineyards. Eulogio de Celis was sold much of the missions land, which back then was most of San Fernando Valley and the adobe of course was part of it. It was probably back then a storage facility since it was in the center of the vineyards and orchards. Eulogio built additions to this structure which included and ended up being the dinning room, library and the original part became the living room during his ownership. About half the land, which the adobe was located on, was sold to Andres Pico, but it sat vacant for 20 years. Once again it changed hands to Pio Pico in 1862. In 1873, Romulo Pico found it in decay and restored it and added even more additions such as a kitchen, two side wings and the second story. The Romulo Pico's family lived in it for many years until 1890. It eventually was sold many time and abandon and suffered such awful vandalisms. Then in 1930 it was saved again by Mark Raymond Harrington when he bought it from the family. In 1965 the city of Los Angeles purchased it, but suffered damage during the 1971 earthquake but it was repaired thankfully. Now the San Fernando Valley Historical Society now takes care of it and runs the museum.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places NPS# 66000211

California Historical Marker No. 362 RÓMULO PICO ADOBE (RANCHITO RÓMULO) - The oldest portion of the adobe was built about 1834 by ex-mission Indians. It was enlarged by Eulogio de Celís in 1846, and an upper story added by Rómulo Pico in 1874. The house was restored by Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Harrington in 1930.

Address: 10940 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, California
Directions: From Interstate 405 exit onto Sepulveda Blvd, once you past San Fernando Blvd, you'll approach Pico Park which is on the left but is located on the other side of the Y that branches right to Brand Blvd.

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  • Updated May 21, 2010
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