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News - May 21, 2010

Briones House makes '11 Most Endangered' list

National Trust for Historic Preservation lists it among nation's most endangered historic places

by Sue Dremann and Jay Thorwaldson

Palo Alto's oldest structure, the 1844 adobe home of Juana Briones, was named on Wednesday to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2010 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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Posted by Old Timer
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm

It should be preserved. I lived in the only other rammed earth home in Palo Alto, it was torn down in the early 80's. What was once the entire home became only the kitchen of the home and the rest was added on in wood (Corner of El Dorado and Emerson). Earthen homes (rammed and adobe) were banned in the area in 1849 due to earthquakes, so both of these proceeded that. This is truly the last remaining earthen house in the Area. The only others still around are the Sanchez Adobe in San Mateo County and Mission San Juan Batista.

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Posted by Everything is historic
a resident of Stanford
on May 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

looking at these pictures:

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I did not realize that an earthen home looks just like wood!!!

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