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On september 4th in the year 1781 eleven families of Pobladores, 44 persons including children, arrived at this place from the Gulf of California to establish a Pueblo which was to become the City of Los Angeles.
This colonisation, ordered by King Carlos III. of Spain, was carried out under the direction of Governor Felipe de Neve.

The Avila Adobe in Los Angeles
The Francisco Avila Adobe was built 1818 on Olvera Street, today the heart and soul of the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Park.
Adobe building on Olvera Street
In 1926 Christine Sterling (1882-1963) saved the Avila Adobe from demolition.
Avila Adobe at the Pueblo de Los Angeles
Inside the building contemporary furniture.
The 'Avila Adobe' in Los Angeles

After years of decay Christine Sterling, the mother of Olvera Street fell in love with an adobe building of this historic village and began to develop this seedy area into a Mexican-style tourist attraction.
El Paseo de Los Angeles historic monument was established on April 19th, 1930 for tourism and education.

Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles

Historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles
The old Plaza Church was built between 1818-1822 by Jose Antonio Ramirez as Iglesia La Placita.
Iglesia La Placita :: Los Angeles
First pastor of the mission Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles was Father Jose de la Guerra y Noriega.
Our Lady Queen of Angels
Our Lady Queen of Angels at 535 N. Main Street
Old Plaza Church:: Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles  |  California.

Historic downtown Los Angeles

Casa Antonio Pelanconi :: El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Los Angeles' first brick building the Casa Pelanconi was constructed 1855 by Guiseppe Covacichi at 535 N. Main Street.

Masonic Hall Los Angeles / Meeting Hall for Lodge 42 Free and Accepted Masons until 1868
The Masonic Hall brick building 1858 by architects William Hayes Perry and James Brady at 416 N. Main Street served as a Meeting Hall for Lodge 42 Free and Accepted Masons until 1868.

Pico House built for brothers Andres and Don Pio Pico
Pico House 1869 by architect Ezra F. Kysor at 430 N. Main Street. The first guests of the National Hotel arrived Sunday 1870-06-19.

Merced Theatre a.k.a. El Dorado Saloon
William Abbot's Merced Theatre 1870 by architect Ezra F. Kysor at 418 N. Main Street was Los Angeles's first permanent Theater.

Vickrey-Brunswig Building 1888 by architect R. B. Young for William Vickrey's failed Eastside Bank, then sold to the F.W. Braun Drug Co.
Historic Brunswig Buildings in Los Angeles
Plaza House 1883 by architect Octavius Morgan for Philippe Garnier at 500 N. Main Street.

Firehouse No.1 Los Angeles
Old Plaza Fire House Nº1 1884 by architects William A. Boring and Solomon I. Haas. Both architects were trained at the Illinois Industrial University. Today a museum in the historic El Pueblo at 501 N. Los Angeles Street.

Sepulveda House at El Pueblo de Los Angeles
The victorian style Eloisa Martínez de Sepúlveda House 1887 by architects George F. Costerigan & William O. Merithew.

Phillipe Garnier Building
Phillipe Garnier Block built 1890 by architect A.M. Edelman at 423 N. Los Angeles Street.

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Simpson Building / El Pueblo de Los Angeles
The Simpson-Jones Building was constructed in 1894 to house the Gregory Engines workshop.