Escondido Adobe Timeline

1843       Juan Bautista Alvarado is granted Rancho Rincon del Diablo from Mexican Governor & builds adobe home.

1845      Joseph Snooks adobe built.  Click here for additional information.

1857      Judge Oliver Witherby, rancho Rincon del Diablo owner, builds adobe home and several adobe outbuildings.

1870      Zenas Sikes builds adobe home that eventually becomes Sikes Adobe Farmstead museum.

1886      Escondido established, becomes city two years later.

1920      First City Hall is built on Grand Ave.

1938      Second City Hall is built of adobe as a WPA project.

1940s    Adobe home built on S. Escondido Blvd. (Today’s Hacienda de Vega restaurant).

1949      L. R. Green opens Adobe Block Company, inspired by So. Escondido Blvd. house.

1951      Weir Bros. Construction moves to Escondido.

1950s    Green Ranch and Longview Acres, adjacent subdivisions, developed with exclusively custom adobe homes.

1980s    New California building codes prohibit traditional adobe construction, ending an era.

1988      Adobe City Hall demolished.