You’ll easily miss the oldest home in the Valley if you’re not paying attention. Right at the Brand Blvd. curve (past Sepulveda Blvd. if traveling north), where you may have previously noticed the park but not what’s inside, you’ll find the Andrés Pico Adobe. The Pico Adobe, also known as Ranchito Rómulo, was built in 1853 and is the second oldest home in the city of Los Angeles, but the original structure was constructed in 1834 by Native Americans from the San Fernando Mission.
Andrés Pico, politician, rancher and commander of the Mexican-California armed forces, was granted a nine-year lease for the San Fernando Valley in 1845. A year later, his brother Pio (then governor), sold almost the entire San Fernando Valley, including the adobe, to Spaniard Eulogio de Celis. Then, in 1853, de Celis left the property and sold back the southern half of the Valley, the San Fernando Mission compound, and the adobe to Andrés Pico.
In 1962, the Andrés Pico Adobe was designated a Los Angeles historical landmark. The San Fernando Valley Historical Society now manages the building for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and fills the “living museum” with community donations of early California artifacts.
The Andres Pico Adobe is located at 10940 Sepulveda Blvd. in Mission Hills inside the Andres Pico Adobe Park. Free tours on Mondays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and every third Sunday of the month, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Visit the San Fernando Valley Historical Society webpage for more information.