Diego Sepúlveda Adobe

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Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
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.[1]
Diego Sepúlveda Adobe is located in California
Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
Location of Diego Sepúlveda Adobe in California
Location Costa Mesa, California
Coordinates 33°40′23″N 117°56′13″W / 33.67306°N 117.93694°W / 33.67306; -117.93694Coordinates: 33°40′23″N 117°56′13″W / 33.67306°N 117.93694°W / 33.67306; -117.93694
Name as founded Estancia de la Misión San Juan Capistrano
English translation Station of Mission San Juan Capistrano
Military district First
Native tribe(s)
Spanish name(s)
Gabrieliño [2]
Native place name(s) Lukup [2]
Governing body City of Costa Mesa
Current use Museum
Reference no. #227

The Diego Sepúlveda Adobe (sometimes known as the Costa Mesa Estancia or the Santa Ana Estancia) is an adobe structure in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California. [3] [4]


Historical plaque at the adobe

The adobe was built between 1817 and 1823 to house the mayordomo and herdsmen who tended the cattle and horses from Mission San Juan Capistrano to the south, in Alta California. The way-station was strategically situated on the banks of the Santa Ana River, some six leguas (Spanish Leagues) north of the parent mission, and also served as a lookout post when the French privateer Hippolyte de Bouchard attacked San Juan Capistrano on December 14, 1818.[4] By 1820 the building and its surrounding lands became an official estancia (mission station), where padres from the mission would visit regularly to bring "spiritual food" to the faithful.[5]

After the Mexican secularization act of 1833 the church lost the land and building to the Mexican land grant Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. The adobe and its surrounding property, a portion of Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, were deeded by the U.S. government to Diego Sepúlveda around 1868. He was a former alcalde of the Mexican era Pueblo of Los Angeles.[4]

Present day[edit]

The adobe, which has been restored to its original style using original construction methods, is the second oldest building still standing in Orange County. [3] The Mission San Juan Capistrano "Serra's Chapel" is the oldest.

Today the building is a local history museum, operated by the Costa Mesa Historical Society. [3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ After Kroeber, 1925
  2. ^ a b Meadows
  3. ^ a b c Costa Mesa Historical Society
  4. ^ a b c d 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.
  5. ^ Engelhardt, Zephyrin, O.F.M. (1922). San Juan Capistrano Mission. Standard Printing Co., Los Angeles, CA.; p. 114


  • 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. Archived from the original on October 8, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007.

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