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The San Carlos Cathedral, also known as Royal Presidio Chapel, was constructed in the 1770s. As the oldest functioning Catholic Church and the first stone building in the state of California, this cathedral's significance to local history is undeniable. The beautiful architectural style of this cathedral is breathtaking, with Spanish and Moorish influences.
This two level, brick house has been a refuge for many artists, families, writers and people from all walks of life during the early 18th-century. The French House as it was called then was the abode of famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson where he courted his to-be wife. This is where he wrote the "Old Pacific Capital," and was inspired to pen the “Treasure Island.” To save it from the verge of destruction, it was bought by two women who in turn gifted it to the state to make it a memorial. Today the Stevenson House has many memorabilia that includes furniture, first edition books and personal belongings of the writer.
Situated on Calle Principale in Monterey, California is the historic Larkin House. It was constructed in 1835 by Thomas O. Larkin. The year 1933 marked the inclusion of the house as a state historical landmark. Initially, it was touted to be the first house in Monterey with a fireplace. Adding further vitality to it is the fact that it was referred to as the first two story establishment in the whole of California. The superb structure boasts of the style of Spanish Colonial buildings coupled with modern architectural methods of New England. Over the years, the distinctive features and their preservation have resulted in upgrading the reputation of the Larkin House.
This is one of this beautiful city's many attractions. You can tour numerous historic period homes that date back to the 1800s as well as early adobe buildings. Each house is fully restored to its original condition and is decorated with authentic antiques to match. There are also sculpture gardens you can tour. Come experience a piece of regional and European colonial history. Admission to the park is free; see website for info on special SHP events such as the Monterey Living History Festival.
The Old Customhouse is a Spanish Colonial style building that's famous because it's where US Commodore John Drake Sloat declared that California was part of the United States in 1846. Built in 1827, this historic building was used for civic purposes of Monterey County. The one-story structure, with a balcony in the front, reflects the olden style homes. This is the oldest government building in the state and the first State Historic Landmark.
The Jose Eusebio Boronda Adobe is a historic structure spread across an area of 5 acres (2.0 hectares). Built in 1846 is shows the Monterey Colonial style of architecture. The building was used for residential purposes, but is now operated as a division of the Boronda History Center.