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Ygnacio Palomares adobe aka Adobe de Palomares
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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In 1837, Ygnacio Palomares built the first of two adobe homes on Rancho San Jose´, a 22,000-acre tract of land that had been granted to him and Ricardo Vejar by Mexican Governor, Juan Bautista Alvarado. Don Ygnacio's first home, aptly referred to as "La Casa Primera", is credited as being the first structure in the Pomona Valley. Eventually, Palomares built a second, much larger house and moved into that one, known as Adobe de Palomares, or "La Casa Madera" (The Wooden House) - so named because its roof was made of wood. This second home, built in a "T"-shape between 1850 and 1854, consisted of thirteen rooms; two fireplaces, one of which was located in the living room; the living room, which was the largest room and the social center of the home and was used as a chapel; a master bedroom that featured wood plank flooring - a rarity in adobes of that period; a large dining room, kitchen, "tienda" (store), and storeroom; a wide corridor that extended along the entire east side of the house, and a hipped roof. Sadly, by the mid-1880s the old adobe had been deserted and from then until the 1920s, it fell into severe disrepair and was reduced to ruins. The City of Pomona purchased the land in 1939 and began restoring the home; the task was completed on April 4, 1940 at a cost of approximately $54,000. The Adobe de Palomares open to the public as a museum two days later, on April 6, 1940. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 3, 1971 - #71000157, and was designated Historical Landmark No. 372 by the State Park Commission. It is located at 491 E. Arrow Highway in Palomares Park.
Exterior view of Adobe de Palomares, the ranch home of Don Ygnacio Palomares and his wife Don~a Concepcio´n Lo´pez de Palomares, located on the grounds of Rancho San Jose´. Photograph shows a portion of the adobe, which had since fallen into ruins. Don Ygnacio was one of the first Pomona Valley settlers in 1837 and owned, along with the Vejar family, the Rancho San Jose´, which covered eastern Los Angeles County.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Pomona-Adobes-Palomares.; S-001-293 8x10
Adobe de Palomares (Pomona, Calif.)
Adobe houses--California--Pomona
Palomares, Ygnacio
Rancho San Jose´ (Calif.)
Pomona (Calif.)

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