Covarrubias Adobe

Santa Barbara, United States

Covarrubias Adobe

The Covarrubias adobe is a California Historical Landmark in Santa Barbara, California. The house is one of the oldest in Santa Barbara, built in 1817. The adobe became a California State Historical Landmark No. 308 on September 12, 1939. The house is also on the Santa Barbara City Landmark. The house is located at 715 Santa Barbara Street. The house is a L-shaped with four rooms, the original Spanish tile roof was later replaced.

Don Domingo Carrillo used local Chumash Indians labor to build the house. He built the house for his wife Concepción Pico Carrillo (Jan. 09, 1797 -?). Concepción and Domingo married on October 14, 1810, Concepción is the sister of Pío Pico, the last governor of Alta California. In the 1830s Domingo Carrillo was a leader of the Santa Barbara Presidio. The presidio was built by Spain in 1782, to defend the Spanish missions in California in New Spain. The adobe-house is named after a later occupant José María Covarrubias, who married Carrillo's daughter María in 1834. After Carrillo death in March 1837, his wife continued to live in the adobe until her death. José María Covarrubias was from France and came to California in 1834. Covarrubias became Pío Pico private secretary in 1845. In 1849 Covarrubias was a delegate to the California Constitutional Convention. From 1849–1862 Covarrubias was a member of the California State Assembly, then served as a Judge.

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