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215 W. Main Street
Ventura, CA  93001
Open Daily
Admission is free  

This charming little adobe is so easy to miss, as it is far away from many of the other historical buildings.  Surrounded by nightclubs, gas stations and strip malls, it is easy to over look its humble facade.

However, don't make that mistake. There is something quite intriguing about this home, thought to be the site of the first commercial food operation of its kind in California.

Built in 1857, this small adobe is typical of the homes ordinary people lived in, which are very different from the homes of the wealthy (such as the Olivas Adobe).  It is the only one left standing from the many that once lined Main Street.

Of particular interest are the places where the adobe is peeled back to expose the structural materials beneath.


Southbound:  Take the 101 to Main Street. Bear right at the bottom of the off ramp.  Just as you go under the Rt 33 underpass you will see this building to your left.

Northbound: Take the 101 to the Ventura exit.  Turn left on Thompson and turn left on Main Street. The adobe will be on your right.