The Ziegler Estate and Casa de Adobe

Feb 28, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Okay, you’ve reached the pinnacle of the Glenmary Stairs.

After turning left let’s see what’s we’ll see next.

First you’ll pass by some “normal” apartment buildings. They were built on the high hill top, with street parking below, the Gelnmary Stairs are a main access route for these units.

Further along, you’ll see Casa de Adobe, located at 4603-4613 North Figueroa Street.

Built in 1918, the Casa de Adobe is a reproduction of a pre-1850s Spanish California hacienda that marked the period of Spanish and then Mexican control of the Southwest region.

Never intended to be a home, Casa de Adobe was designed by architect Theodore Eisen, and was completely hand-built by local adobe craftsman Jose Velazquez.

It was originally a museum for the Hispanic Society. Although, in 1922, it was deeded to the Southwest Museum, which today is part of the Autry National Center, after the Hispanic Society was disbanded.

Today, the Autry hosts 4th grade students to learn about the process of adobe brick making, the skill and style of the Vaquero, and the important role of both Californians and Native peoples in the history of our region through field trips to the Casa.

Continuing along this fragile sidewalk, you can’t miss the Ziegler Estate.

Built in 1904, the Ziegler Estate, was originally built for Charles Hornbeck, but was soon sold to Roth Ziegler.

Its a good example of our early 20th Century Shingle-Style Architecture that includes both Victorian and Craftsman elements. In the 1950’s, it was purchased by Carl Dentzel, the then director of the Southwest Museum, who envisioned it as part of a greater Southwest Museum, which is located just over the Gold Line Metro.

However, in the 1990s, the home was purchased by the City of Los Angeles, and is currently used as a non-profit child-care facility, La Casita Verde, which means “the little green house” in Spanish.

The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 3, 2003, and on February 21, 1989. it was placed on the Los Angeles’ Historical-Cultural Monument #416 .

Nonetheless, you’ll still see the Sycamore Grove Park across the street. .

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