National Register of Historic Places in Santa Cruz County

National Register #79000552: Branciforte Adobe in Santa Cruz 1 December 2018

National Register #79000552: Branciforte Adobe in Santa Cruz 1 December 2018

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National Register #79000552
Branciforte Adobe
1351 North Branciforte Avenue
Santa Cruz

The Branciforte adobe is the only known structure remaining of the Villa de Branciforte founded in 1797 by Spain to discourage British and Russian colonial expansion on the coast of California.

The adobe is located on North Branciforte Avenue which was possibly plotted in 1797 as a one mile long race track by Lieutenant Alberto de Cordova of the Spanish Army Corps of Engineers.

The earliest known occupants were José de Jesús Lorenzana (1817-1863) and his wife and children. José was the oldest son of Macedonio Lorenzana who settled in Branciforte in 1824 and held a number of public offices here.

Unlike a number of such structures, the Branciforte Adobe was continuously inhabited and never unroofed, abandoned or moved. It is one of only two adobe structures left in the City of Santa Cruz and the only one remaining from the Villa de Branciforte.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1979

When we visited the site in 2018, the adobe was a private residence and little of the building was visible from the public right-of-way. A marker on the fence surrounding the property read:

The Branciforte Adobe

The only remaining structure of the Villa de Branciforte established in 1797. The last and least prosperous of three Spanish settlements in Alta California. Populated by paroled petty criminals from Guadalajaran juzgados and pensioned soldiers. The humble two room adobe constructed in the Spanish Era, with tile roof, two foot thick walls, exterior stairway, and verandas front and rear, may have housed the Spanish comisionado in the early 1800's. Presently under restoration and inhabited by Joe and Edna Kimbro and family.

Dedicated this 18th day of October 1980
Monterey Viejo Chapter No 1846
E Clampus Vitus

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Fremont Adobe in Monterey
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Merritt Adobe in Monterey
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Mountain View Adobe in Mountain View
Moraga Adobe in Orinda
Nash Adobe in Sonoma

Old Adobe Barn in La Grange
Oreña Adobe in Santa Barbara
Peña Adobe near Vacaville
Petaluma Adobe near Petaluma
Plaza Hall in San Juan Bautista

Plaza Hotel in San Juan Bautista
Rancho Los Alamos in Santa Barbara
Ray Adobe in Sonoma
Reading Adobe Site near Cottonwood
Roberto-Suñol Adobe in San Jose
Robert Louis Stevenson House in Monterey

Shafer House in Moab, Utah
Sobranes Adobe in Monterey
Sonoma Barracks in Sonoma
Stokes Adobe in Monterey
Stone and Kelsey Adobe Site in Kelseyville
Sugg House in Sonora
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Sutter's Fort Adobe in Sacramento
Swift Adobe Site near Orland
Swiss Hotel in Sonoma
The Fort in Taft
Trussell-Winchester Adobe in Santa Barbara

Vallejo Adobe in Sonoma
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