Warner-Carrillo Adobe Ranch House and Barn – 2012 Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards

December 9, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


The 2012 California Governor’s Historic
Preservation Awards were presented on November 29th at Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic
Park in Sacramento. There were a total of 11 projects or individuals that received awards.
What follows is the presentation made at the awards ceremony about one of the 2012 award
winners. Warner-Carrillo Adobe Ranch House and Barn The Warner-Carrillo Adobe Ranch House
and Barn were built in 1849 by J. J. Warner as a trading post on what was then the main
overland gold rush emigration route, the first that travelers to the northern California
gold fields encountered after weeks of crossing the arid deserts of the Southwest. The house
is an original vernacular adobe structure later modified with a lightweight wood structure.
The barn, built over time, includes the adobe walls of the corral built in 1858 for the
Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach teams. It is the last mortise and tenon barn in San
Diego County, listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1961. The project was developed
under the Cultural Stewardship Funding Program, starting with a Historic Structures Report
to research, identify and record the physical history, evolution and condition of the building
from construction to the present and to identify appropriate treatments for the structure,
materials and finishes. The barn needed structural stabilization and roofing materials replaced
and wooden “crutches” were placed around existing mortise and tenon beams and posts.
The house was seismically stabilized and weatherized and, when some flooring was removed, a rare
intact example of a mud set cobble floor was discovered. This award recognizes the historic
value of both local and California history embodied in this unique site, preserved as
it was from 1849 to 1888. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 California
Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards. Please view the additional videos available
on this site for information about the other 2012 awards. For more information about this
awards program, visit www.ohp.parks.ca.gov/governorsawards.