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Los Cerritos Ranch House

Long Beach, California
County of Los Angeles.
4600 Virginia Road
National Register Number: 70000135
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Farm/Ranch. The threat level was Priority3 in
2000.
Congressional District: CA-38 Certified Local Government: YES
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: City Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 15, 1970):
Erected in 1844, this two story, adobe ranchhouse is an excellent example of the application of Monterey Colonial Style to the traditional Spanish-Mexican hacienda plan. The house is built on the usual U-shaped plan around a large patio, enclosed on the fourth side by an adobe wall. The foundations are of baked red brick brought around the Horn by sailing ships; the hand-hewn beams in the house came from forests near Monterey; and the walls in the center section are 3' thick.

The house is used as a museum and houses the City's historical collections. The City has completed a master plan and repair from earthquake damage. Additional stabilization is also being undertaken. NPS will provide technical assistance.


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