Monday, April 8, 2013

1 South: Monterey, Casa Alvarado Adobe and Garden

Casa Alvarado Adobe and Garden  510 Dutra St.  This three-room house was built in the 1830s by Don Juan Bautista Alvarado--the first Monterey-born Governor of California and a direct descendent of Captain Cortez.  Originally topped with a tule-reed roof, the adobe illustrates several design characteristics customary of the period:  1.  It faced the east so the residentss could enjoy the morning sun at the front of the house.  2.  All rooms opened directly to the outdoors.  3.  Its walls are composed of 24-inch-thick adobe bricks supported by a heavy chalk-rock foundation.

All-adobe tour of Monterey.

More things to do in Monterey.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.  

image c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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