Built in 1797, the Peralta Abobe is the oldest building in San Jose. Its first residents were Manuel Gonzalez (an Apache Indian), his wife and their five children that accompanied the Spanish Anza Party to California. When Gonzales died in 1804, the sergeant in the Spanish Army Luís María Peralta decided to live here. He divided the house into two rooms, a kitchen, a chimney, and a porch. The house belonged to María Josefa (daughter of Peralta) and Balthazar Peralta (grandson of Peralta) when Luís María Peralta died.
Between the 1870s and 1880s, the adobe was used as a storage facility by Zeffiro Bastiani, Giovanni Spinetti, and later Lorenzo Scatena. In 1949, to make way for the construction of the Lusardi building in the adjoining lot, Guiseppe Bacchio removed part of the north-west exterior corner of the adobe. In 1966, the adobe building was purchased by the City of San Jose and it was restored. The Peralta Adobe is the number one Historic Landmark in the city and it is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the adobe was the first site certified as a component of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.
The Peralta Adobe is a must on your list. If you would like to learn more about the lives of the Gonzalez, Peralta, and Fallon families and the houses they called home, make sure to schedule your tour. The general admission is $5 and it allows you to see into the city’s historic past.
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