Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
The Santa Ana Estancia and the location of the missions at San Juan Capistrano, San Luis Rey, and Pala, along with the Las Flores Estancia, are shown above. Also shown are the territorial boundaries of the Southern California Native American tribes based on dialect, including the Cahuilla, Cupeño, Diegueño, Gabrieliño, Juaneño, and Luiseño language groups.
|Location||Costa Mesa, California|
|Name as founded||Estancia de la Misión San Juan Capistrano|
|English translation||Station of Mission San Juan Capistrano|
|Native place name(s)||Lukup |
|Governing body||City of Costa Mesa|
|California Historical Landmark|
The Diego Sepúlveda Adobe (sometimes known as the Costa Mesa Estancia or the Santa Ana Estancia) is an adobe structure built between 1817 and 1823 to house the mayordomo and herdsmen who tended the cattle and horses from nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano. Strategically situated on the banks of the Santa Ana River some six leguas (Spanish Leagues) north of the parent mission, the way-station also served as a lookout post when the French privateer Hipólito Bouchard attacked San Juan Capistrano on December 14, 1818. By 1820 the building and its surrounding lands became an official estancia (station), after which padres from the mission would visit regularly to bring "spiritual food" to the faithful.
TheaAdobe and its surrounding property (a portion of the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana) were deeded to Diego Sepúlveda (a former alcalde of the Pueblo of Los Angeles) around 1868. The adobe, which has been restored to its original style using original construction methods, is the second oldest building still standing in Orange County, after San Juan's "Serra's Chapel". Today the facility is maintained by the Costa Mesa Historical Society as a museum.
- USNS Mission Santa Ana (AO-137) — a Mission Buenaventura Class fleet oiler built during World War II.
- After Kroeber, 1925
- Earl, p. 5
- Engelhardt, p. 114
- Earl, John (June 2007). "History You Want to Repeat: The Diego Sepulveda Estancia of Costa Mesa". The Orange Coast Voice (Duane J. Roberts) (9): 5–6.
- Engelhardt, Zephyrin, O.F.M. (1922). San Juan Capistrano Mission. Standard Printing Co., Los Angeles, CA.
- Kroeber, Alfred L. (1925). Handbook of the Indians of California. Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY.
- Meadows, Don (June 1965). "Ghost Among the Tumbleweeds". Tumbleweeds to Roses. Retrieved June 23, 2007.
- Costa Mesa Historical Society - official site