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 of Diego Sepúlveda Adobe in California
|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|
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. 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.
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.
The adobe, which has been restored to its original style using original construction methods, is the second oldest building still standing in Orange County.  The Mission San Juan Capistrano "Serra's Chapel" is the oldest.
- History of Orange County, California
- Ranchos of Orange County, California
- USNS Mission Santa Ana (AO-137) — a Mission Buenaventura Class fleet oiler built during World War II.
- After Kroeber, 1925
- Costa Mesa Historical Society
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- 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.