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San Diego

Rancho de Guajome Adobe

This hacienda is a unique example of Anglo-Hispanic architecture. Built on original Mexican land grant, it is listed as a National Historic Landmark for its contribution to American history. The rambling twenty-room adobe ranch house was restored in 1996. The 7,000 square feet, 20-room hacienda was a city unto itself. Built in 1853 by Cave Johnson Couts for his wife Ysidora Bandini, the adobe included a school, chapel, store and an inner courtyard. Undergoing many changes over time, additions included the Victorian second-story sewing room and gingerbread trim. The courtyard is replanted historically accurately with the Cherokee rose and bougainvillea being original from the 1880`s. The hacienda remains a fine example of Anglo-Hispanic domestic architecture, still intact. It is a rare surviving example and is now owned and run by San Diego Parks Department.