Los Rios District

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Los Rios Street Historic District
LosRiosJailCell.jpg
Former Jail Holding Cell from the old Los Rios Jail in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Los Rios District is located in California
Los Rios District
Location 31600-31921 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, California
Coordinates 33°30′6″N 117°39′49″W / 33.50167°N 117.66361°W / 33.50167; -117.66361Coordinates: 33°30′6″N 117°39′49″W / 33.50167°N 117.66361°W / 33.50167; -117.66361
Area 6.2 acres (2.5 ha)
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 83001216[1]
Added to NRHP April 04, 1983

The Los Rios Historic District is a neighborhood in the city of San Juan Capistrano, California and, with buildings dating to 1794, is the oldest continually occupied neighborhood in the state.[2][3] The nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano was the first of the 21 California Missions to have Indians, soldiers and workers live outside the mission grounds.[3] Three adobes are remaining in the Los Rios neighborhood itself, although there are a number of others close by outside of it which were part of what was once a larger neighborhood.[3]

The neighborhood originally had 40 adobe structures but most were replaced in the 19th century by wooden board and batten structures.[4] Thirty-one of the buildings in Los Rios and the surrounding area are on the national register of historic places.[4]

Other points of interest in or adjacent to the district include the historic train depot, El Adobe de Capistrano and the Basilica.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Hall, Len, Los Rios Opens for Business, but Is the Price Too High? March 10, 1997, Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ a b c Bidwell, Carol, FINDING CALIFORNIA'S OLDEST NEIGHBORHOOD : SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO COMMUNITY REFLECTS MISSION DAYS, SPANISH WAYS., Daily News, 1997 Gale Group (a Thomson Corporation Company)
  4. ^ a b Lechowitsky, Irene, NEIGHBORLY ADVICE: LOS RIOS HISTORIC DISTRICT - Swallows flock, and families nest Nov. 4, 2007Los Angeles Times