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On Moorpark Street: History Reopens Tomorrow in Encino

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"This historical landmark will be subdivided" a sign said in 1945 during the postwar building boom in the San Fernando Valley. Thank god for PTA mothers, who saw this sign and saved it by raising money according to the Daily News.

The '94 earthquake destroyed Los Encinos State Historic Park's centerpiece, the De La Ossa Adobe, originally built in 1849. Tomorrow, after 13-years of rehab and discovery, it reopens with a celebration of bands, dancers, children's activities and historical costumes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When the earthquake knocked over walls, juggled the roof and created wall cracks, the $2-million process began, but so did a learning one:

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Parks officials attribute the 13-year hiatus to financing and contracting delays and a time-consuming restoration that shed light on historic adobe's construction. [snip]

"I think it's a gem," said James Newland, state parks supervisor for cultural resources for Southern California. "If it wasn't for the quake, we wouldn't have had the funding to ... do primary research on the building." [Daily News]

Los Encincos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark St.
Encino CA 91436-1068

More photos after the jump.



After the Earthquake


Present Day


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Blacksmith Eric Lambert making a dagger.



Photos by Zach Behrens/LAist