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Larkin House

Monterey, California
County of Monterey.
510 Calle Principal
National Register Number: 66000215
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: CA-17 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 19, 1960):
Completed in 1837, this structure marks a turning point in the development of California adobe buildings and is acknowledged as the prototype for the Monterey Colonial style. Thomas O. Larkin, originally from New England, used a familiar Massachusetts model as the basis for its design: a timber frame supports the upper story, permiting a lighter shell of adobe blocks and a greater freedom in fenestration than would be possible where the adobe material predominates structurally.

The Larkin House is in good condition currently. There are several ongoing maintenance and repair needs for the building.

The collections housed within the Larkin House will soon be undergoing a rehabilitation study and treatment plan, funded by a local grant-making body.

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