Lost Landmark-Juana Briones House, Palo Alto (CA)

Listing in our guide, Historical Cities-San Francisco:

Site of
Juana Briones de Miranda Home on Rancho La Purisma Concepcion
(4157 Old
Adobe Road)

In
1843, Apolinario Miranda, husband of Juana Briones de Miranda, was sent before
the sub prefect for not living harmoniously with his wife and, shortly
thereafter, Juana and her seven children arrived at Rancho la Purísima
Concepción. In 1856 this property was duly confirmed to her, and she lived in
this adobe until, crippled by rheumatism, she was forced to move[i].

Updated Information from the National Trust for Historical Preservation’s Preservation Magazine (September/October 2011 issue):

“Beginning in the 1900’s, the core of the vernacular ranch house was significantly renovated and altered.  In recent decades, the structure sat vacant and deteriorating despite local landmark status.  After a demolition permit was filed by new owners, the National Trust named the site to its 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.  An appeals court ultimately concluded that the permit was valid, and crews demolished the house in June (2011).”

Link to PreservationNation.org Web Page


[i]
Santa Clara County; Office of Historic Preservation – California Department of
Parks and Recreation; http://ceres.ca.gov/geo_area/counties/Santa_Clara/landmarks.html

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