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Leonis adobe needs community support
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Leonis Adobe, built in 1844, is one of the oldest surviving private residences in Los Angeles County. Located in Calabasas, California, the adobe was occupied by wealthy rancher, Miguel Leonis, until his death in 1889. After his death, the property was the subject of a legal dispute lasting more than 15 years. By 1961, the adobe had fallen into disrepair, and its owner applied for a permit to raze the structure and build a supermarket. Preservationists succeeded in having the adobe declared a Historic-Cultural Landmark (the first structure in Los Angeles receiving the designation) in 1962. Leonis Adobe is known as one of the most haunted sites in Los Angeles County. The adobe was restored and is operated as a living museum. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Photograph caption dated June 14, 1965 reads "Ray Phillips, Studio City, president of the Leonis Adobe Association, examines a pie tin and other items found buried in the dirt floor of the historical dwelling." The adobe is located at 23537 Calabasas Road in Calabasas.; See images #00136233, #00136234, #00045938, #00045943, #00045947 and #00045948 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Leonis Adobe (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Leonis Adobe Association--Presidents
Adobe houses--California--Calabasas
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Calabasas (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
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