The Lopez Adobe is one of the oldest residential structures in the San Fernando Valley. Widely recognized for its unique mixture of Victorian and Mission style architecture, one of the adobe’s most striking features is the upper and lower verandas with hand-cut wooden railings and a jigsaw patterned balustrade.
Built by Valentin Lopez, the house was primarily occupied by his sister Catalina and her husband Geronimo Lopez. The Lopez family was a prominent family in the area, and established the Valley’s first post office and English-speaking school. Members of the Lopez family continued to live in the home until 1961.
The City of San Fernando purchased the property in 1971 and this remarkable piece of San Fernando Valley history currently serves as a museum. Recent restoration and rehabilitation work performed in compliance with the Secretary of Interior’s standards earned the Lopez Adobe a 2013 Preservation Award.