California Historical Landmarks in Monterey County
California Historical Landmark 387
1, 000 Feet North of Intersection of Hillcrest Road and Salinas Road
In the 1820s, Don Ignacio Vallejo built the Casa Materna on Bolsa de San Cayetano. Don Ignacio and Dona María Antonio Lugo y Vallejo had 13 children - eight daughters and five sons, one of whom was General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation
The fifth edition of Historic Spots in California, published by Stanford University Press, notes that the adobe house was called Casa Materna (mother house) because it was built on the first land owned by the Vallejo family within the boundaries of California. It was also known as the Glass House because of the many glass windows enclosing the upper porch.
According to Historic Spots in California, the house was occupied until 1870 when it became a barn, then fell into ruin.
Despite efforts of the Pajaro Valley Historical Society to save it, the building was demolished in 1962. If Casa Materna had held on for a few more years, it might have been rescued. 1962 was the year that the demolition of Pennsylvania Station in New York City was announced, an event that gave birth to the modern preservationist movement in the United States.
Some Missing California Plaques
When we visited the following sites, we were unable to locate a California commemorative plaque.
At some sites, it appeared that a California plaque had never been erected. At other sites, there was a base, but the plaque itself was missing. Some sites without California plaques had other historic markers, but they did not note that the site is a California Historical Landmark.
Montezuma, Tuolumne County
Montgomery Hill, San Jose
Napa Valley Railroad Depot, Calistoga
Negro Hill, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Noble Pass Route, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Old Custom House, Monterey
Plymouth Trading Post, Plymouth
Pony Express Remount Station, Woodfords
Portolá Camp at Crystal Springs, San mateo County
Portolá Camp at Gazos Creek, Bean Hollow State Beach
Portolá Camp at Martini Creek, Montara
Portolá Camp at Pilarcitos Creek, Half Moon Bay
Portolá Camp at Pulgas Water Temple, San Mateo County
Portolá Camp at Purisima Creek, Half Moon Bay
Portolá Camp at San Gregorio State Beach, San Gregorio
Portolá Camp at Tunitas Beach, San Mateo County