The Berryessa Adobe



This simple home is located at 373 Jefferson St. near downtown Santa Clara. It is the oldest home in the city. It is also one of the last Adobe buildings to remain here in the Santa Clara Valley.

It was built in the 1840s by Juan Chrisostomo Galindo and has been home to many generations of families through the years.

The dimensions of the home are 38 x 18′. the Adobe walls were set on top of stone foundations and sealed  with plaster.

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Juan Bautista de Anza in 1775 led a group of settlers and soldiers from Mexico to establish a Presidio and two missions in what is now the San Francisco bay area. He chose Santa Clara as a location. He found plenty of water flat fertile land, and a large population of Native Americans.

Among the settlers were, Nicolas Galindo, Nicolás and his sister Ysabel Berryessa. Their descendants built this Adobe home.

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The city of Santa Clara restored this historic building. They used the traditional methods and research and used the original materials. This building is in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by more modern family homes. It is not difficult to find but there are no large signs once you arrive there.

There is a pleasant garden behind the house. At the time I was there it was closed to the public.

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In front of that tree I found this marker.  “City of Santa Clara heritage tree.” It is an olive tree and it must be quite old. It provides shade and is still producing olives.

I would like to return and visit here again. What historic places are near your home?



















About jedwardnajera

I am an artist and a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I published several novels. Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, Dust of the Moon are among them, available through Amazon Books. I have spent over thirty five years in a classroom. I am now retired from that profession. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. Now I am continuing the tradition by posting my own stories and misadventures. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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