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  • Avila AdobeAvila Adobe Los Angeles, California
    The Avila Adobe house was constructed in 1818 by Francisco Avila, rich rancher and mayor of the pueblo of Los Angeles from 1810 to 1811; and is considered the oldest building in the city. Found in the paseo of the well known historical Olvera Street, it has become part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, the city's historic state park. The Plaza, presently called Olvera Street, was the third locale of the original settlement El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles sobre el Rio Porcuincula, the first two locations washed out by the Porciuncula River, now known as the Los Angeles River. This adobe home was one of the first town houses that would share the frontage in the new town called Pueblo de Los Angeles, and Francisco was also the owner of the Rancho Las Cienegas by the La Brea Tar Pits. Avila would spend most of his time during the week at the ranch, working it, but on the weekends, holidays or special occasions, he would come here to greet friends, conduct various business ventures or get ready for the services at the church across the street. The home has seven rooms, left from what had been originally a larger building, and restoration work has tried to replicate what it looked like back then. The biggest room, the family room, was where the entertainment, dining and social functions were held, and the office was where Avila conducted his business affairs. The living room was held in reserve for weddings, special occasions, baptisms and the like. There were sleeping quarters for the adults or parents and one for the children, and the kitchen was where the food would be prepared and bathing done. Cooking was done outside, to keep the house cooler, and the bathroom somewhere outside the house, like later outhouses. The majority of the home's furnishings came from other countries that Avila traded with and a huge courtyard with covered porches were for the many outbuildings like the stables, workshops and etc. After a recent archaeological dig, the mother ditch, or zanja Madre, was found which brought water to the house through a brick lined pipe that came here from the river. The walls of the adobe were two and a half to three feet thick, constructed of baked adobe bricks and the ceilings were 15 feet tall. These were supported by cottonwood beams gotten from the trees lining the Los Angeles River. Today's roof is slanted, but the original appears to have been flat and tar from the pits was brought to the house to apply to the roof, after mixing it with rocks and horsehair. The floor was compacted earth, almost as hard as concrete, and swept a few times each day to keep it smooth and free from loose dirt. This was common practice for adobes in the early days, but later wooden planks with varnish were used. The original house was twice as long as it exists today and was shaped in an L, by a wing that went almost to the center of the street. Avila had a garden and vineyard in the rear courtyard and the water for all the place came from the mother ditch filled by the Los Angeles River.

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  • Los Angeles Maritime MuseumLos Angeles Maritime Museum Los Angeles, California
    The Los Angeles Maritime Museum can be found in the main channel of the Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro, California, in what used to be the Municipal Ferry Terminal building, after the ferry was closed when the Vincent Thomas Bridge opened in 1963. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the museum itself opened in 1980, thanks to the efforts of the community's involvement. Among the exhibits is a history of the commercial diving that was done in the harbor, as well as a navy hall that showcases big ship models like the US Navy cruiser Los Angeles and a display chronicling the fishing business in San Pedro that had been thriving but now in decline. This commercial fishing display showcases the history of the city's based purse seining, the San Pedro Fishermen's Fiesta and Terminal Island canneries. On the top floors are the models of merchant ships, like the Silverpalm, sail boats, square riggers and a completely operational ham radio station. The museum also manages the tugboat Angels Gate, that was built in 1944 for the army transportation service, and originally called ST-695, specially designed for the WWII European theater operations. A National Historic Landmark is close by, the fireboat, Ralph J. Scott. Some of the present exhibits include Past Presidents in Port, USS Los Angeles, Caught, Canned and Eaten, Neptune's Favorites and 20,000 Jobs under the Sea. In the Caught, Canned and Eaten exhibit, it tells of the history of the San Pedro fishing and canning businesses that thrived during the first half of the 20th century. It was at one time, the fishing capital of the nation and the fishermen sold great huge quantities of squid, tuna, mackerel and sardines. The 20,000 jobs display tells of the various scuba divers that worked here, either in commercial diving or fishery diving. Those that built, salvaged, repaired or inspected construction works were called commercial divers and those that went down for urchins, sponge or abalone were called fishery divers.

January 11, 2011