Avila Adobe
Avila Adobe
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Address
Neighbourhood: Central L.A
How to get there
  • Union Station • 3 min walk
  • Civic Center/Grand Park • 9 min walk
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Built in 1818 by Francisco Avila, who was one of the richest ranchers in California in his lifetime, the house is the oldest residential property in Los Angeles and one of the oldest in the state. I love to visit to see historic homes like this to understand how the weather and culture shape housing in their differences and similarities. This was the town house for the Avila who spent most of their time out on their ranch. However, when they came to town they stayed here.

The home has a long porch to the busy town street with an inner courtyard lined by trees and cactus. The house is so adapted to the environment with thick 2.5-3 foot adobe brick walls and small windows to insulate from the heat. There are many luxuries in this house including large gathering rooms and multiple bedrooms for the time period. Interesting that the floors would have originally been hard dirt but later converted to plank wood. For me, I love looking into the window to LA's colonial past. This is why I wanted to bring my friends to see this place and they all enjoyed.
Written 18 April 2024
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Avila Adobe, on Olvera Street, the remains of the old Spanish- and Mexican-era pueblo of Los Angeles, is reputedly the oldest surviving house in Los Angeles. Built in 1818 and of course restored, it is a nice example of the era and gives a good feel for the life of a more well-off settler of the early pueblo. There are of course many such examples in California, including quite a few much larger ones, but this is very nice nonetheless and important as the local example. It is also free to enter and explore at one's leisure.
Written 30 January 2024
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Yenyok
New York City, NY204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
THis is an amazingg free attraction. I love this old house and they hiistory behind. constructed in 1818. this place is right there in Olvera street. do not miss this.
Written 1 March 2020
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Chris F
San Francisco, CA1,825 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Located on Olvera Street in the middle of a large Mexican market area is Avila Adobe. Avila Adobe is a 1970’s rebuilt replica of an 1820 home that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1971. There is a lot of interesting information on early Los Angeles and California history. The walk through took less than a half hour and showed what life was like in the 1820-40 time period. The attraction is free and worth a pass through if you are on Olvera Street.
Written 9 February 2020
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD700 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Worth a stop if you want to experience Olvera street and all its colorful noise - ditto the park across the way, often host to ethnic festivals, etc. There are other additional free museum-ettes scattered around (Fire, Italian, Chinese, Sepulveda), so you can spend an hour, two, maybe three strolling, eating, viewing. House itself arranged into 5-6 rooms - docent in front of house may or may not give you info depending on whether she's engaged in conversation with fellow park worker. Public bathroom is terrrible, and seems to be the only one in immediate vicinity. Parking on local lots is $15 (weekends) but if you will walk a block or three the meters were free on a Sunday at least.
Written 4 February 2020
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Marilyn A
Kitchener, Canada571 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We toured here as part of Olvera Street sightseeing. It was interesting but requires you to read the panels. It is a tranquil spot and indicative of an earlier era.
Written 13 January 2020
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permia
Ireland61,423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Getting an impression of life, for some at least, in the city’s early days was exciting.

Marvellously persevered and renovated, its whitewashed walls, cooking and heating items, plus means of transport in the guise of a horse are all to be seen.

Set in a tranquil garden with local flora, it was an interesting time.
Written 10 January 2020
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TPAT75
Oulu, Finland169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This oldest surviving building of LA has interesting museum that is free to visit and I definitely recommend doing so.
Written 1 January 2020
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Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia897 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Take time away from the markets of Olvera Street and look into the past here at Avila Adobe. The rooms have been recreated as to the time when the original inhabitants lived in the house. There are several guides on site to answer questions as well as plenty of displays.
Written 16 June 2019
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css1983
Silver Spring, MD136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Historic home off of beautiful Olvera Street. Tours are free, and the guides and signs give a glimpse into the upper crust of Los Angeles' founders. Beautiful courtyard for pictures.
Written 11 March 2019
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