Monthly Archives: March 2015

López Adobe Reopening a Big Success!

A line of eager visitors awaits entry of the López Adobe on its grand reopening, 22 March 2015.

A line of eager visitors awaits entry of the López Adobe on its grand reopening, 22 March 2015.

This afternoon’s official reopening of the López Adobe, held in gorgeous conditions that day after the start of Spring, attracted hundreds of visitors enjoying music and dancing, native Indian demonstrations, food and, of course, the first significant public access to the historic 1880s adobe in eight years.

Guests learn native Tataviam dances as part of the day's festivities.

Guests learn native Tataviam dances as part of the day’s festivities.

Carefully coordinated by the City of San Fernando’s Parks and Recreation Department, the event began with a welcome by city officials, including three members of the city council, the city’s planning director, the parks department manager and its supervisor in charge of the adobe.

Another view of expectant visitors to the adobe.

Another view of expectant visitors to the adobe.

Demonstrations by the Tataviam tribe of native peoples and performances by mariachi groups and dancers, the latter sponsored by the John Anson Ford Theatre Foundation, continued throughout the afternoon.

López family descendants, including two docents and visitors from Santa Barbara, share stories in a second-floor room of the adobe.

López family descendants, including two docents and visitors from Santa Barbara, share stories in a second-floor room of the adobe.

López descendant and author, Catherine López Kurland, signed copies of her book on “Hotel Mariachi,” a historic 1880s structure built by her ancestors George Cummings and Sacramento López in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Members of the Tataviam Band of Mission Indians educate and entertain guests.

Members of the Tataviam Band of Mission Indians educate and entertain guests.

Self-guided tours of the adobe, featuring several dedicated volunteers from the San Fernando community, were available and the official count totaled 365 adults, but with children and others the estimated number of visitors was almost certainly pushing 500 people.

Docent and local historian Richard Arroyo shares history of the López family, adobe and the area with visitors.

Docent and local historian Richard Arroyo shares history of the López family, adobe and the area with visitors.

This is a remarkable turnout and a prime indicator of the success of event, as well as a testament to the hard work and planning of the city’s parks and recreation department as they invested a huge amount of time in making this event a reality and a shining success.

Another exciting component of the reopening was the presence of a number of López descendants from Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Palmdale and Ms. Kurland, who came in from New Mexico, as well as locally.

Dancers in beautiful costumes display their amazing technique before an appreciative crowd.

Dancers in beautiful costumes display their amazing technique before an appreciative crowd.

With two of the docents in the house being direct descendants of its long-time owners, Gerónimo and Catalina López, having these relatives, many of which were meeting for the first time, excitedly share their connections and stories, was a major part of the day’s festivities.

For those who could not attend today’s reopening, the López Adobe will be open the fourth Sunday of each month from Noon to 4 p.m., staffed by a loyal cadre of docents.  So, come down and visit on the next open date, which is Sunday, 26 April!

One of the more notable features of the adobe is a computer station allowing visitors with limited mobility to see the second-floor rooms from a first-floor location.

One of the more notable features of the adobe is a computer station allowing visitors with limited mobility to see the second-floor rooms from a first-floor location.

Many thanks for all who planned, executed, participated, performed, demonstrated, visited and toured at today’s grand reopening of the López Adobe.  May the historic house continue to be an important fixture in the City of San Fernando and the region for many, many years to come!

Finally!  A big thanks to the City of San Fernando, the funders, architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, supporters, volunteers, López family members and others who made the reopening a reality!

Finally! A big thanks to the City of San Fernando, the funders, architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, supporters, volunteers, López family members and others who made the reopening a reality!

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López Adobe Grand Reopening on March 22!

After nearly a decade, the López Adobe is finally going to officially reopen to the public!  The City of San Fernando, which owns and operates the 1883 historic landmark, is hosting a celebration to mark the adobe’s reopening on Saturday, March 22 from Noon to 4 p.m.

Lopez reopening flyer Mar15

There will be self-guided tours of the adobe, family activities, music and dancing with the Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and a booksigning with Cathering López Kurland, a descendant of the López family, and her book about Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, where Geronimo López lived when the area of Los Angeles was called Paredon Blanco.

The attached flyer from the City of San Fernando’s Parks and Recreation Department gives the basics and there is a phone number to call for more information.

Hope to see you on the 22nd as this venerable landmark is once again open to the public!

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