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Rocha Adobe, rear view
Alternative Title
Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1937
Publication Information
Federal Writers' Project
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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On November 8, 1872, 100 acres of Rancho Rinco´n de los Bueyes was conveyed to Jose´ Antonio Rocha II, although he had already settled in the area by building his adobe in 1865 - seven years before the land formally became his estate. On May 22, 1915 much of the rich farmland, which had since been subdivided multiple times, was annexed to the city of Los Angeles as part of the Palms District. The Native Daughters of the Golden West placed a historical marker at the adobe in 1935. In 1958 the Historic American Building Survey recognized the structure. On January 28, 1963 it was designated Historical Cultural Landmark 13. For many years, the Rocha Adobe stood abandoned until a descendant of the Rochas acquired it as a residence, which they restored in 1979. The adobe, which still exists today as a private residence, is located at 2400 Shenandoah Street and Cadillac.
View of the backside of the Rocha Adobe, located on the 100-acre tract of "Rancho Rinco´n de los Bueyes" (translates to "Corner of the Oxen"), which was built by Jose´ Antonio Rocha II in 1865. The house is surrounded on all sides by wood-shingled roofed porches known as "corredores"; the first floor walls are 23-inches thick, and the upper story is built of redwood ship siding. The Rocha Adobe was restored and modernized by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Sullivan years later. Four people are pictured in this photo: the woman leaning against the stacked adobe bricks is possibly Mrs. Senida Sullivan - granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Sullivan; one of the men pictured is possibly Mr. A.R. Rocha, son of the original builder, who was also in residence at the time this photo was taken; the other man and young boy are not identified.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21x 26 cm. on board 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA 78-A 4x5
Adobe houses--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Rancho Rinco´n de los Bueyes (Calif.)
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs

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