BY ROSE HALOPOFF
ARTIST, WRITER/HISTORIAN

 

 

                                                                       CASA AVILA COURTYARD 
                                                                       OLVERA STREET - L.A.
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BELOW IS PICTURE OF A GAZEBO IN THE PLAZA OF MAGDALENA , SONORA, MEXICO,  IN 1955
WHEN I WAS INVITED TO ACCOMPANY A COUPLE WHO KNEW SOME PEOPLE THERE.  OUR MISSION WAS TO FIND PADRE KINO'S GRAVE.  AT THE TIME,  I DIDN'T KNOW WHO PADRE KINO WAS, BUT NOW I DO AND YOU CAN READ MY ARTICLE ON HIM UNDER THE TAB "LOOKING FOR FATHER KINO" IN ABOUT A WEEK. (5/14/14).
   I MIGHT ADD THAT LEO CARRILLO'S FATHER WAS VISITING MAGDALENA IN AUGUST OF 1881 WHILE LEO WAS BEING BORN AT OLVERA STREET.                                                                         

HOWDY.  THE CASA AVILA IS THE OLDEST HOME IN LOS ANGELES, CA.  IT WAS BUILT OF ADOBE BY FRANCISCO AVILA IN 1818.  IN 1810, HE WAS THE MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES WHEN WE WERE UNDER SPANISH CROWN RULE.

 IN 1823,  THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT GRANTED MR. AVILA RANCHO LAS CIENEGAS WHICH CONSISTED OF 4, 439 ACRES.  THERE WERE NATURAL SPRINGS AND WETLANDS IN THE AREA. THERE,  HE RAISED HUNDREDS OF CATTLE FOR MEAT, HIDES AND TALLOW FOR SOAP AND CANDLES.  AT FIRST, THERE WAS LIMITED TRADING  BUT, AS TIME WENT ON, MORE AND MORE SHIPS WAITED AT SAN PEDRO.  FRANCISCO AVILA DIED IN 1832, FOURTEEN YEARS BEFORE THE WAR BETWEEN  MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES FROM 1846 TO 1848.  HIS WIFE, MARIA ENCARNACION SEPULVEDA AVILA FLED TO RANCHO CUCAMONGA TO STAY WITH HER FRIENDS THERE UNTIL COMMODORE STOCKTON LEFT HER HOME WHERE HE HAD SET UP HIS HEADQUARTERS.  AFTER THE WAR, SHE RETURNED TO HER HOME, THE CASA AVILA.  IN 1853, HER CHILDREN JANUARIO AVILA, PEDRA AVILA DE RAMIREZ, FRANCISCA AVILA DE RIMPAU AND LUISA AVILA DE GARFIAS FILED A CLAIM WITH THE PUBLIC LAND COMMISSION .  THE GRANT TO RANCHO LAS CIENEGAS WAS PATENTED TO THEM. 

LUISA AVILA DE GARFIAS WAS MARRIED TO MANUEL GARFIAS, OWNER OF RANCHO SAN PASCUAL (PASADENA). FRANCISCA AVILA DE RIMPAU MARRIED A GERMAN FELLOW FROM THE GERMAN COLONY OF ANAHEIM AND PEDRA AVILA DE RAMIREZ WAS THE MOTHER OF ISABEL RAMIREZ WHO MARRIED ANTONIO PELANCONI, AN ITALIAN GOLD MINER WHO PURCHASED THE BRICK HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE CASA AVILA IN 1865. TODAY, CASA LA GOLONDRINA IS A MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN THE PELANCONI HOUSE BASEMENT AND THEIR FRONT PATIO AREA IS GREAT FOR WATCHING TOURISTS STROLL BY AS PEOPLE SIT AND EAT  TACQUITOS TOPPED WITH GUACAMOLE, ENCHILADAS DRENCHED IN RED CHILI SAUCE WITH CHEESE/MEAT AND MEAT TAMALES WITH CHILI SAUCE INSIDE OF A FLAKY CORN DOUGH AND WRAPPED IN CORN HUSKS; AN INDIAN TRADITION IN MEXICO, FORMER MEXICAN LANDS AND CENTRAL AMERICA.  SOUTH AMERICA ALSO HAS SIMILAR FORMS OF THESE FOODS.

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH RANCHO LA CIENEGA O PASO DE LA TIJERA WHICH WAS GRANTED TO VICENTE SANCHEZ,  RANCHO LAS CIENEGAS WAS LOCATED IN THE AREA BETWEEN THE BALDWIN HILLS RANGE AND BALDWIN HILLS DISTRICT AND BEVERLY HILLS.   IT WAS NORTH OF RANCHO LA CIENEGA O PASO DE LA TIJERA - EAST OF WHAT IS NOW LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD BETWEEN WILSHIRE BOULEVARD AND JEFFERSON BOULEVARD.

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