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Monterey State Historic Park - Path of History-Part 12

Casa De Castro Site, Casa Estrada, Casa de Sanchez,
Old Monterey Hotel, Golden State Theatre, Casa Jimeno Site &
Osio-Rodriguez Adobe

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Stevenson House Casa Abrego Madariaga Adobe Casa Pacheco San Carlos Chapel

No matter weather you came from the San Carlos Chapel or from the French Consulate, just proceed to the corner of Pearl and Tyler.

Casa Castro Site

While many of Monterey's historic buildings are well preserved, some of them were lost over the years. Amongst them are the old Washington Hotel at Washington and Pearl, Casa Bonifacio at Bonifacio Street and - most notable - El Cuartel and Casa de Castro.

Jose Castro built a house at this site in the early 1840s. The picture to the right [(c) California History Room] was taken in 1941.

Washington Hotel Site

The Washington Hotel Adobe was built by Eugenio Montenegro in 1839 and was used by many of the delegates to the 1849 Constitutional Convention. It
was demolished in 1914.

Casa Bonifacio Site

Casa Bonifacio was a small adobe built in 1835 by Jose Rafael Gonzales and demolished in 1923 to make room for a bank.

Casa Estrada

Jose Mariano Estrada, a highly respected civil and military official bought this house in 1836. Back then, it was a still unfinished 9-room adobe. Over the years, it was enlarged more and more and for a while served as a hotel known as the Mission-Inn.

From here, take Bonifacio Street and proceed to the buildings on Alvarado Street.

Casa de Sanchez

This house was built in the 1820s and was once owned by customs official Gil Sanchez. Over the centuries, it has been used as police station, candy shop, tea room, barber shop, bar and beauty parlor.

Markeroni has pictures of Casa Sanchez and the Golden State Theatre.

Old Monterey Hotel

Golden State Theatre

Left: This old Victorian building has served as a hotel for a long time.

Right: Built in 1926, this is Montereys oldest movie theatre.

Casa Jimeno

This site (now home to the Marriott Hotel, one block up from Alvarado Street) is a prime example of Monterey's downfall in the years after the gold rush. In the 1840s and especially during the Constitutional convention, the home of Manuel and Angustias Jimeno Casarin was one of Monterey's social centers.
But as soon as the capital was moved to San Jose and San Francisco became California's main port, the two story adobe declined as much of the city. In the end it was a shelter for wandering Indians until it got demolished in 1885.

Casa Jimeno, circa 1870, (c) California History Room

Osio-Rodriguez Adobe

This was the home of Jacinto Rodriguez who built the house in the late 1840s and later the home of Rodriguez's sister in law Maria Dolores Pinto Osio. At least one copy of California's first constitution was signed in this building by party going convention delegates the evening before the big celebration on October 13, 1849.

This concludes our journey through four centuries of Monterey's history. If you started at the Pacific house, you have now visited 62 buildings, monuments and historic sites and can return to my Monterey Starting Page to check out my hometown's other attractions. If you started somewhere in the middle, you can continue down Alvarado Street to Custom House Plaza.

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