Hubert H. Bancroft Ranch House
Hubert H. Bancroft Ranchhouse
The house in 2007
|Location||Bancroft Dr. off CA 94, Spring Valley, California|
|NRHP reference #||66000227|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||December 29, 1962|
Hubert H. Bancroft Ranch House is a historic structure in Spring Valley, California. The property also contains a natural spring, named El aguaje de San Jorge (St. George's Spring) by the Spanish, after which the community of Spring Valley is named.
It is the first Anglo-American structure in Spring Valley and was built by Augustus Ensworth in 1856 out of timbers salvaged from a shipwreck in San Diego Bay. Upon Enworth's death, the property was sold in 1865 to Rufus King Porter, son of the founder of Scientific American. Porter added a kitchen, a dining room, and two bedrooms. He later sold the property to historian Hubert Howe Bancroft in 1885. Bancroft built a more comfortable home up the hill from the adobe ranch house and a rock school house for his children, now located across the street.
The building is now a museum and storehouse for artifacts of Spring Valley history. The property was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1958, and then declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
- "Bancroft Ranch House". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Hubert H. Bancroft Ranch House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
- Ken Kramer's About San Diego, KPBS-TV, 2010
- Snell, Charles; McKitham, Cecil (July 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form: Bancroft Ranch House" (PDF). National Park Service. With accompanying 2 photos
- Bancroft Ranch House Museum - San Diego History Center
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. CA-431, "Bancroft House, 9050 Memory Lane, Spring Valley, San Diego County, CA", 4 photos, 7 data pages, supplemental material
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