Diego Sepúlveda Adobe

Coordinates: 33°40′23″N 117°56′13″W / 33.67306°N 117.93694°W / 33.67306; -117.93694
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Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
Diego Sepúlveda Adobe is located in California
Diego Sepúlveda Adobe
Location in California
LocationCosta Mesa, California
Coordinates33°40′23″N 117°56′13″W / 33.67306°N 117.93694°W / 33.67306; -117.93694
Name as foundedEstancia de la Misión San Juan Capistrano
English translationStation of Mission San Juan Capistrano
Military districtFirst
Native tribe(s)
Spanish name(s)
Gabrieliño [1]
Native place name(s)Lukup [1]
Governing bodyCity of Costa Mesa
Current useMuseum
Reference no.#227
California Historical Landmark plaque at the adobe

The Diego Sepúlveda Adobe, sometimes called the Costa Mesa Estancia or the Santa Ana Estancia, is an adobe structure in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California.[2][3] It is the second-oldest building still standing in the county.


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, to overlook cattle grazing lands and the Tongva villagers of Lupukngna.[4]

It served as a lookout post when the French privateer Hippolyte de Bouchard attacked San Juan Capistrano on December 14, 1818.[3] 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 originally Spanish, later Mexican-recognized 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.[3]

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.[2] The Mission San Juan Capistrano's "Serra's Chapel" is the oldest.

The building then became a local history museum, operated by the Costa Mesa Historical Society.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Meadows
  2. ^ a b c Costa Mesa Historical Society
  3. ^ a b c d Earl, John (June 2007). "History You Want to Repeat: The Diego Sepulveda Estancia of Costa Mesa". The Orange Coast Voice. No. 9. Duane J. Roberts. pp. 5–6.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Patrick (2006). Santa Ana River Guide. Larry B. Van Dyke, Eva Dienel (1st ed.). Birmingham, Alabama. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-89997-616-7. OCLC 909903029.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ Engelhardt, Zephyrin, O.F.M. (1922). San Juan Capistrano Mission. Standard Printing Co., Los Angeles, CA.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link); 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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