calle olvera

Part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Olvera Street was originally called Vine Street (who knew?) and renamed in 1877 after Agustin Olvera, the first judge of the county of Los Angeles. It fell into a state of disrepair, but after a preservation effort led by Christine Sterling, reopened in 1930 as a Mexican Marketplace reminiscent of “Old Los Angeles” with a block-long narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined market with old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants and shops.

Part of this historic site is Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest house still standing in its original location. It depicts the California lifestyle of the 1840s and features dark wood tables, four-poster beds, candelabras and elaborate carpets.

Additional side note. Built in the 1820s, Los Angeles Park Plaza was at one time the city’s commercial and social center. Totally reminded me of a town in the PI featuring a central plaza. Talk about Spanish colonization.

Taken while exploring the oldest district in the city with JLLA fiesty friend.

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fun with friends la la land the golden state

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