The Berryessa Adobe

The Berryessa Adobe (HMZRJ)

Location: Santa Clara, CA 95050 Santa Clara County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 20.518', W 121° 56.824'

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This Adobe House

— Culture and Structure Together —

The Berryessa Adobe was built at a crossroad in California history. When constructed in the 1840s, Spanish colonial building traditions were blending with American influences. The builders constructed adobe walls on stone foundations and used soil plaster - all Hispanic influences - while using milled wood and carpentry details from the American Greek Revival style.

The Location of the Adobe - 1873
Thirty years after the Berryessa Adobe was built, Mission Santa Clara had developed into the town of Santa Clara, streets, town blocks, vineyards, and orchards covered this area. This map is based on the first official survey of Santa Clara. At the edge of town not the Berryessa Adobe on the highlighted lot labeled 39

Mission Santa Clara - 1842This sketch depicts Santa Clara in 1842, just prior to the construction of the Berryessa Adobe. On the far right side you can see rows of older adobe homes, like the Pe?a Adobe.

The Pe?a Adobe
By the early 1790s Native American converts at Mission Santa Clara may have built and lived in adobe homes like these. The Pena Adobe still stands (the home in the background with the chimney) and belongs to the Santa Clara Women's Club.

Adobe Restoration
The City of Santa Clara's restoration of the Berryessa Adobe revealed many historic details of this family home. The restoration used traditional methods and precise research to determine the original materials, structures and even the colors used inside and outside of the building. Using this information, the adobe restoration maintains the many historical elements of the structure.
Series This marker is part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail series
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 7:07am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 593266 N 4133328
Decimal Degrees37.34196667, -121.94706667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 20.518', W 121° 56.824'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 20' 31.08" N, 121° 56' 49.44" W
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Area Code(s)408, 619, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 373 Jefferson St, Santa Clara CA 95050, US
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