The Museum is pleased to have Bronwyn Ralph, docent, lecturer and author of the book, "OFF THE BEATEN PATH," as a monthly contributor.
Last Sunday I was taking a drive and I turned off the 405 FWY at San Fernando Mission Blvd and headed to the City of San Fernando. This is such a wonderful town located in the north end of the Valley and has several historic buildings. One of the landmarks is the Lopez Adobe, also known as La Casa De Geronimo Lopez. I have not been here since it reopened a couple of years ago and was greeted by two wonderful docents, Mr. and Mrs. Arroyo. They were so warm and welcoming and had an extensive knowledge of the Lopez Family, the Adobe and the furnishings inside the residence.
The Lopez Adobe was built between 1881-1883 by Valentin Lopez as a wedding present for his sister, Catalina. Catalina and her husband, Geronimo Lopez lived in the home until the early 1920s. The Adobe remained in the Lopez Family, and some of the children resided in the home until 1961. Mr. Arroyo said that no renovations, such as electricity or indoor plumbing were added to the house until after both Geronimo and Catalina passed away. It was said that Geronimo and Catalina, "wanted to live the way they knew how," with candles for light and chamber pots.
The tour is a delight as you see pictures of Geronimo and Catalina, their families, and hear stories of how integral this family was to not only the City of San Fernando but also to the City of Los Angeles. Before you leave don't forget to visit the grounds of the Adobe, which is beautifully landscaped, and includes a fountain in the courtyard and a statue of Fray Junipero Serra, founder of the California Missions.
This City of San Fernando landmark is a must see and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I wish you safe travels exploring the San Fernando Valley.