THE MISSION GREEN
(1) Castro Breen Adobe – Purchased by the
Breen family in 1848 and furnished in
between the 1840’s & 1870’s style.
(2) Plaza Hotel – Built in 1858 by Angelo
Zanetta and was a thriving hotel during the
(3) Settlers Cabin w/Gardens – A typical
cabin housing early California settlers.
(4) Mission San Juan Bautista – Founded in
1797 is the 15th and largest Church in the
(5) Indian Burial Grounds – Over 4300 Mutsun
Indians are buried in this cemetery next to
the Mission Church.
(6) Plaza Hall – Acquired by Angelo Zanetta
in 1868 for use as his private residence.
(7) Plaza Stable – Build about 1870 to
handle the extensive stage and wagon traffic
flowing thru San Juan Bautista.
(8) Town Galabozo (jail) – Built
FROM 2ND TO 3RD VIA FRANKLIN
(9) Old Indian Village – On this site in
early 1800’s the Mission housed Christian
Indians in adobe buildings. When these
adobes were abandoned in 1834, they proved a
source of ready-made bricks for the first
adobe residence along 3rd & 4th streets.
(10) Felipe Gardella House – c. 1860. Moved
here from Polk Street. Gardella was a San
Juan merchant in the 1850’s. (private)
(11) Jasper Twitchell House – c. 1860. A
wheelwright and blacksmith, he developed the
first commercial limestone kiln in San Juan
(12) The Old Brewery – c. 1870. Operated by
Jake Beuttler 1870 to 1900; some of its beer
was shipped to the San Joaquin Valley.
FROM FRANKLIN TO WASHINGTON VIA 3RD
(13) Juan de Anza Adobe – Spanish style, one
of four adobes still standing in the
commercial area, all built after the Mission
lands were secularized. Francisco Bravo, who
built it, operated a cantina here during the
(14) Gardens to Juan de Anza Adobe
(15) Bravo House – Built in 1858 similar to
Italianate style as the Plaza Hall and used
as a private residence by the Bravo family.
(16) Theophile Vache Adobe – This once
two-story adobe on the south corner of 3rd
and Washington was, in the early 1850’s, a
store in which the wines from Cienega
Vineyards were sold.
(17) Tuccoletta Hall – Across Washington
Street, this adobe, altered in the 1850’s,
first operated as a tavern, then as Adophe
Vache’s bakery until the 1880’s. It then
became the merchandise store of the
Lavagnino family for the next 50 years.
FROM 3RD TO 4TH VIA WASHINGTON
(18) Lavagnino House – Build after 1906
earthquake. So thoroughly scared, Mrs.
Lavagnino refused to spend another night in
their quarters over the store in Tuccoletta
Hall. (Queen Ann Style)
FROM WASHINGTON TO MARIPOSA VIA 4TH
(19) One of only four remaining adobes left
in town. Originally owned by Basque Rafael
Pico. Purchased by Native Daughters in 1934,
restored in 1935 and is their active local
FROM 4TH TO 3RD VIA MARIPOSA
(20) John Anderson House – 1895. The closest
thing in San Juan to a true Victorian
(21) Present frame buildings on SE corner of
3rd and Mariposa date from 1897. The 1895
fire destroyed a two-story adobe here.
FROM MARIPOSA TO POLK VIA 3RD
(22) On the north side of 3rd this corner
building dates from 1850’s. Remodeled many
times in was originally an adobe structure.
(23) Next door was an old saloon “The Fly
Trap” – date uncertain.
(24) Alexander Bowler Bakery – 1857. Bread
for the Plaza Hotel was supplied from ovens
here. Front of store altered in 1890’s.
(25) Several shop fronts dating from 1860’s,
(26) Number 318 – Frame building dates from
1860’s/70’s. Little is known about it. May
have been the old Ten Pin Alley which stood
here during the Civil War period.
(27) The Old Bank Building – On the south
side of street and behind you. Built a year
after the great 1867 fire destroyed the
entire block, it became the location of San
Juan’s first bank in 1907.
(28) Taix Block – This sandstone was built
by Antoine Taix in 1908 (Romanesque
Revival). 2nd story zinc plated for fire
(29) Next to it stands the first sandstone
in San Juan built in 1868 and was occupied
by a store known as the Pearl of San Juan.
Note the iron fire doors.
(30) The Galacoma Building – 1870. Large
sandstone building with its second-story
porch has served as a hotel and bar.
(31) Building on the corner of 3rd and Polk
streets is San Juan’s first brick building
(1861); survived the fire of 1867.
FROM 3RD TO 4TH VIA POLK
(32) Rozas House – Emelda Lugo Rozas resided
here for more than 75 years. Built by Samit,
a Chilean, in 1856. An example of early
“post-adobe” or “board-on-end” construction
without the use of stud walls. (Private)
FROM POLK TO MUCKELEMI VIA 4TH
(33) Safety Award presented to ideal Cement,
the company which operated a plant and
quarry in San Juan Canyon off and on from
1915 to 1973.
(34) Native Daughter’s Plaque commemorating
the first raising of the American Flag in
FROM 4TH TO 3RD STREETS VIA MUCKELEMI
(35) Honeymoon Cottage – First occupied in
1890 by newlyweds Ed Pearce, Sr. and his
(36) Kemp House – 1860. Early attempt at
Greek Revival architecture. Rooms were added
at random over a 50-year period. (private)
FROM MUCKELEMI TO POLK VIA 3RD
(37) Glad Tidings Church – Formerly First
Baptist Church, 1863. This example of Greek
Revival was moved here from the cemetery in
1886. Front porch was enclosed in 1888.
(38) Joe Zbrankik Blacksmith Shop – Turn of
(39) Bluebird Hotel – 1894. Built by the
(40) Odd Fellows Hall – was the old
schoolhouse (1868). Moved here from its 1st
Street site in 1907.
FROM 3RD TO 2ND VIA POLK
(41) The Crane House – c. 1835. Shows
obvious Cape Cod influence. (private)
(42) St. John’s Institute – An orphanage
build in 1864. Razed after being severely
damaged in the earthquake of 1890. The name
represents one of the few times that “San
Juan” was translated into English.
FROM POLK WESTWARD ALONG 2ND
(43) The Masonic Hall – 1868. Built by the
members for the princely sum of $5,000.
Cupola reminiscent of colonial days.
(44) The Jim Jack Cabin – Moved here
temporarily from its site in the San Juan
Valley. Plaque give history. Simple
(45) The Lovett House – 1856. Early frame
house. Lovett once owned a San Francisco to
Los Angeles stage line. (private)
(46) The Cole House – 1856. Early frame
house. San Juan homes were never
pretentious, rather tending toward cottages
than great houses. (private)
(47) Luck Library property donated by
Francesca Luck. Library dedicated in 1979.
The Luck Museum is operated by San Juan
Bautista Historical Society.
(48) If one continues SW on Monterey Street
you come to the two-story, gable Pedro
Maraentis House, 1874. (private)
(49) Monterey Street leads to the old