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Ortega Adobe

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.

Built by Emigdio Ortega in 1857. The 20 x 40 foot Ortega Adobe was reduced in size by a flood of the Ventura River in 1866-67, which washed away the western half of the house. After the flood, two new rooms were added on the other side of the home in 1867-1890. Emigdio died in 1896 and his son Emilio Ortega began using the house as a place of business the following year to start "Pioneer Ortega Chili."

Toward the end of the 1800s, the house was used by a pottery maker. A small Chinese community existed around the adobe in the early 1900s. In 1921, the City of Ventura acquired the property. In following years, the adobe was used for a home, restaurant, police headquarters, Boys Club, and speakeasy.

The Ortega Adobe is the last remaining original adobe of many that once lined Main Street in the 1800s. It is now open to the public daily from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm for self-guided tours. Ortega Adobe is located on Main Street in Ventura, a few blocks west of Mission San Buenaventura. Directions:

Southbound: Take the 101 to Main Street. Stay right at the bottom of the off ramp. Pass under Rt 33. Immediately to your left.

Northbound: Take the 101 to the Ventura exit. Turn left on Thompson and turn left on Main Street. The adobe will be on your right a few block after the mission.

Plan showing original adobe remaining, section of original adobe lost to flood, and addition.

West Wall
Photo date: October 4, 2003.
West Wall
Photo date: October 4, 2003.
West end of the Orgega Adobe. The two partial walls are what is left of the west half of the original adobe which was washed away by the flood of 1866 & 7.
Detail front. Photo date: 10-4-03.
Front Porch
Front porch. Photo date: 9-26-04.
Back from east. Photo date: 10-4-03.
Detail back. Photo date: 10-4-03.
Detail back. Photo date: 10-4-03.
Back from west. Photo date: 10-4-03.
Back corner. Photo date: 9-26-04.
Front corner. Photo date: 9-26-04.
Back Corner
Back corner (opposite from image at left). Photo date: 9-26-04.
Interior. Kitchen area. Photo date: 10-4-03.
Interior. Kitchen area. Photo date: 9-26-04.
Interior. Photo date: 10-4-03.
Interior. Kitchen area. Photo date: 9-26-04.
Interior. Photo date: 9-26-04.
Interior. Showing flue for a wood burning heater. The flue was made from paired roof tiles. Photo date: 10-4-03.

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