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Castro Adobe

Jose Joaquin Castro Adobe
Castro Adobe is located in California
Nearest city Watsonville, California
Area less than one acre
Architect José Joaquín Castro
Architectural style Monterey Colonial
Governing body State of California
NRHP Reference # 76000531[1]
CHISL # 998
Added to NRHP December 12, 1976

The Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe was the governing seat of the Castro family. It also served as a fiesta house.


The house was built in 1848–1849 by Juan José Castro. His father Jose Joaquin Castro (1768–1838), came to California as a 6-year-old with his family from Sinaloa Mexico on the 1775–1776 Anza Expedition. Jose Joaquín Castro received this Mexican land grant Rancho San Andrés in the area of present-day Watsonville, California. It had the first dance floor (fandango room) in Santa Cruz County, California and one of the first indoor kitchens (cocina). It is the only two story hacienda ever built in Santa Cruz County.[2]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Santa Cruz County, California on December 12, 1976.[1] It is California Historical Landmark number 998.[3] The adobe was severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. One wall had completely collapsed, and the house needed seismic retrofitting before being safe for the public. Owner Edna Kimbro sold it to the state of California in 2002. Starting in August 2007, Friends of California State Parks volunteers and the California Conservation Corps began restoration by making 2500 adobe bricks.[4]

Almost 100 members of the Castro family held a reunion at the site in 2008.[5] As of September 2015 it was not yet opened to the public as a state park, but it is expected to open in 2016 as Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe Historic State Park.[6]

The Castro Adobe in 2012.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ Todd Guild (January 16, 2010). "Castro Adobe taking shape". Watsonville  
  3. ^ "California Historical Landmark: Santa Cruz County". Office of Historic Preservation. California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  4. ^ Todd Guild (August 31, 2007). "Volunteers make 2,500 bricks from dirt, water and straw for Castro Adobe". Watsonville  
  5. ^ Tarmo Hannula (October 13, 2008). "Castros reunite at historic adobe home". Watsonville  
  6. ^ "Castro Adobe Park Property". California State Parks Official web site. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 

External links

  • Office of Historic Preservation — entry #998
  • Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks — website on the Castro Adobe
  • Chronicling the Castro Adobe — a restoration blog

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