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3 The Avila Adobe House

The Avila Adobe House

The Avila Adobe House
We're sitting inside of the oldest building in Los Angeles, or at least the oldest standing building. And it dates back to the original pueblo that the city grew up from. It was built in 1818 for the rich cattle rancher called Don Avila. Back then there were just 400 residents living around us, quite different from the Los Angeles of today. And the house itself is made up of adobe bricks. And these adobe bricks, they're made from a compressed mixture of hay, mud, and sand. And then they're plastered over and painted white. In some places the thickness of the walls is up to two or three feet. That's great for keeping in the warmth in the winter, and keeping it cool on a hot summer's day like today. The Adobe Villa here may have been built back in 1818. But it's still a great example of eco-friendly design and buying local, probably much better than a lot of today's houses actually. The bricks, well they're made from local mud. The wood for the beams here, they came from local cottonwood trees growing next to the Los Angeles River. And the tar to seal the top of the roof? Well that was extracted from the nearby La Brea Tar Pits. Today the house is preserved pretty much as it would have looked like back in 1840s.
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