Lopez Adobe | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Lopez Adobe

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. 

Photo by Michael Locke

Museum of Contemporary Art

With only four of its seven floors above street level, its sunken, red sandstone-clad design is a welcome contrast to the extreme heights of the Bunker Hill glass-and-steel high rise towers.
Photo courtesy Pete Bleyer

Walker House

Originally designed as a hotel, this building never had a single guest and soon became home to six generations of the Walker family.
Queen Anne Cottage at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Photo courtesy Historic Resources Group.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

The Arboretum's Cultural Landscape Report and Treatment Plan provides a vital guide for caring for the wide range of resources on this historic site.